God's smallest, largest and only "functional unit" IS the individual YOU
·The individual never loses his/her responsibility for:
·God has never (in the NT) assigned any responsibility in spiritual service to any formal organization, institution, body corporate (entity or unit).
"Pure Religion is personal, -- not corporate!"
"Responsibility is personal, -- not corporate!"
"Judgment will be personal, -- not corporate!"
·No one, no group -- pope, priest, preacher, parent, the eldership, "the local church," -- can answer, account or stand in for YOU!
·II Cor. 5:10; Romans 14:10-12; Matthew 16:27
·"Each one shall bear his own load" (Gal. 6:5)
QUESTION: Are YOU fully accepting your responsibility and bearing your own load?? Your eternal destiny depends upon it!
The branches in the vine are to function by bearing fruit (John 15:2,8)
Individual Christians are the branches (John 15:5-6)
Therefore, individual Christians are the functional units in the vine -- Christ.
Christ is the Head from whom all members of the body are fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplies.
Disciples are the (individual) members of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:25; 5:30)
Therefore, individual disciples are the working, functional units; "according to the working in proper measure of each several part" (Eph. 4:16.)