The early New Testament church was distinct. Its distinctiveness was not by accident. The distinct church of the New Testament was carefully conceived and initiated by God to fulfill His purpose and mission on earth.
The distinct quantity and quality of fruit yielded by the New Testament church provided evidence of its divine origin and cultivation. It also served to reveal the manifold wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10).
God carefully cultivated His church on earth in the form of a spiritual body. The form was not designed to be animated by human effort, but by the indwelling life of God. Consequently, the early church community understood that it was not their responsibility to build the church for God, but to faithfully depend on Him to produce the church in them.
The distinct church of the New Testament church was originally manifested on earth in small group community under the immediate headship of Christ. It was the earthly manifestation most conducive for the cultivation of spiritual intimacy and organic growth.
The return to distinct New Testament design is not only possible, but necessary if the church is to once again bear fruit in New Testament quantity and quality. However, reformation will not occur through the collective wisdom, resources or efforts of man. Instead, the church will only experience true reformation when it turns to Jesus with empty hands.
"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen"