The invisible church is one, for it is in Christ. It is one, yet spans the countries and continents and denominations. It is one, and being His body, the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. Visible churches are always a mixture of saints, not-yet saints, and those who, tragically, will never come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Some people hear the message and are part of the visible church, maybe even having leadership positions. They “understand” the word. However, the word has not entered into them to bear fruit for eternal life and the glory of God.
I am a redeemed sinner, called by the Lord to be a Pastor. Being a redeemed sinner means that I am never in short supply of things to repent of and call out to the Lord for help to amend my life. This blog will touch on this.
I have a philosopher friend who once told me rather directly that he never eats at a MacDonald’s, Tim Hortons, or any other restaurant that is inside a big box store like Walmart or Home Depot … he became very aware of the universal belief that dining in a location or with someone actually meant something and created a sort of link socially, psychologically and spiritually.