The church exists to make much /not/ of the church but of Christ—and this must define our statement and stewardship of the church. In all of creation, there is only one institution that has been charged with the high responsibility of knowing and making known the person and work of Jesus Christ. That one institution is His church. For this reason, the local church stands above every other institution under heaven for the promotion of God’s glory and man’s joy. What we think about the church shapes what we do as a church. Understanding the magnificence of the church is vital to her life and labors. The life she lives and the fruit she bears is not her own, her life belongs to her Beloved and her fruit is the work of His Spirit. The church is special, necessary, powerful, beautiful, naturally unexplainable—the church is magnificent! May we treat her this way.