The New Testament presents a clear picture that all the local churches as the expression of the universal church, the Body of Christ, are located in respective cities….Revelation 1:11 shows us the seven churches in Asia in seven respective cities. The city is the ground on which the church is built.
Actually, the many churches are simply the one universal church appearing in many cities. We may use the illustration of the moon. There is one moon but it appears in different localities. When we are in San Diego, it is the moon in San Diego, and when we are in Taipei, it is the moon in Taipei….It is the same with the church. There is one church appearing in many localities. (1993 Blending Conference Messages concerning the Lord’s Recovery and Our Present Need, p. 36)
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