You may have heard the David Hoffmeister Church Youtube church referred to as “The Body of Christ.” The Living Christ is Jesus, and Jesus spoke often in parables, stories, simple in nature, that were meant to impart a moral lesson in a form that was easy for common folk to remember and tell to others. It seems to me that calling the church “The Body of Christ” makes one think about what is meant by that. I don’t think the meaning is literal. To me, “the body” is the mass of people and “in Christ” means to have faith in Jesus, the Christ. Thus, a Christian church is an assembly of a mass of Christians. If that is correct, the church should be a center of moral power that is there to do something. Logically, the thing that a Christian church should do is God’s will, something that God would want organized Christians to do.
I wondered if I might explain what I believe that is, by using a description, easier to understand, somewhat like a parable is meant to do. After researching, I found Carl Von Clausewitz, a Prussian military officer who examined war in a new way in the early 1800’s. Research him in order to understand the depth of his thought. I thought that his description of a Center of Gravity as a primary source of moral strength fit the definition of a Christian Church. The following is my analysis,using Clausewitz’ point of view:
Order of Command:
Strategic guiding document: The Christian Bible.
God’s Guidance: God’s Will is for people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, sacrificed to bear the sin of mankind. The Effect that God wants: A personal relationship, a connection of the heart between people and him.
Guiding Document: The Bible, Book of John, Chapter 6, verse 40: “For this is the will of God, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life. I will raise him up at the last day.” Note: Other Books of the Bible can be cited as well, to support this definition.
Operational Center of Gravity (COG): The Body of Christ (Christian Churches).
Guiding Document: The Bible, Book of Matthew, Chapter 28, verses 18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Note: Other Books of the Bible can be cited too. The definition of a COG: A primary source of moral strength, power, and resistance. Note: The Holy Spirit is how God communicates to the heart of a Christian. Some refer to it as “an inner voice that tells us right from wrong”.