The term “organic church” means different things depending on who you talk to. For our ekklesia, it means a gathering of saints who are committed to becoming one with one another and living life and meeting under the headship of Jesus Christ (and Him alone.) This entails spending many hours and days together with one another –maybe not the entire assembly, but with different members, groups of members, etc. During this time together, we may be enjoying one another’s friendship, sharing Jesus with one another, listening to Him together, doing home repairs, shopping, sight-seeing, cooking, working on art or craft projects, watching kids play at the park, watching a movie, camping, fishing, hiking, engaging in service to others, preparing a birthday party, having dinner, taking a class . . . doing life together.
The goal of organic church is to manifest the DNA (as it were) of Jesus to one another and to the world. Jesus asked the Father, “make them one as We are one, that the world may know that You have sent Me.” Anyone who has ever been a part of a group of different individuals knows what a miracle it would be for these individuals to be made one. Yet that is the goal of being the ekklesia together.
It’s an impossible goal, so there’s no point in us trying to do it. The great thing is to submit to one another and to Jesus as the head and source of the assembly and let Him do it. One thing is for certain. This oneness will not happen unless and until we are willing to die to our own personal needs and desires in the interest of promoting the good of our brothers and sisters and the glorification (true display) of Christ amongst ourselves. Death is integral to the oneness of the body of Christ.
Resurrection is also integral. We must be dead to our old life, but alive to God and to one another. We must die to our self desires and live to the head of our new life, Jesus, and in harmony with the members of our new body, our brothers and sisters in Him. Together as one, we make up the body of Christ which flows from its source, the head; Jesus.
In order to live, we must eat the food of this new life. That food is Christ. We receive this food directly from His hand and also from one another. It’s like eating together. When we share a meal, each family brings a dish. One family will provide the entree’; another will bring salad, still another bread or vegetables; soup, starch, drinks, desert. Each one brings something to share to make up a complete meal. Likewise, each member brings to the others his or her portion of Jesus to share with one another. What we lack, another brother or sister will provide. What they lack, we provide. In this way we have all things needed for life and godliness.