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What is ‘real’ church?

04 January 2012


From Mr Patrick Whittle

Sir, — The controversial title of the Revd Dr Edward Dowler’s article “What counts as real church?” (Comment, 9 December) led me to look further into the subject. In The Living Church, John Stott emphasises that “Koinonia is an objective fact . . . most vividly expressed in the Lord’s Supper.”

Surely this activity of the Holy Spirit may be experienced among believers in many Christian contexts when entered into prayerfully (e.g home groups, public witness, or even carol-singing), as well as in Sunday worship.

The reality is that thousands of believers in the developing world are unable to share in regular Sunday worship, as are many people too frail to attend church. In those circumstances, the opportunity to share with others in a memorial of the Last Supper, even a few times a year, becomes more precious.

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