Webster defines the word institution as “a place where an organization takes care of people for a usually long period of time; or a custom, practice, or law that is accepted and used by many people.” There is no question the Body of Christ from the time it was empowered with the “cloves of fire” until today has had, and continues to have, institutions with which they identify. The institutions surrounding the Lord’s Church has changed as the church has developed from the apostle’s rule, and as well was established in different cultures over the centuries. Decrees, customs and practices throughout church history can be easily observed with a backwards look at the development of the church in the past centuries.
It is having the capacity to separate the institution of church, co-joined to the Lord’s Church, which will allow an honest examination of ourselves and our relationship with God and His Church. Join author, pastor, and teacher Buck Keely as he skillfully distinguishes these two identities without casting dispersion on the followers of Jesus and His Church.