"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ..."Ephesians 4:11-13
Christ created the Church with the specific design that the Church gather in local assemblies for the edifying of itself so that we "the body" would become more like Christ. Over the centuries, God has blessed His Church and it has grown around the World - crossing cultural, language, generation, in fact EVERY barrier it has come up against. And we should not be surprised with that, for the promise of God still stands: "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
I do not believe God is finished with growing His Church yet! I KNOW we live in a rapidly changing World - and many times as Pastors we feel and see a rapid increase in apathy within the Church - yet we are STILL CALLED to "Occupy till I come." Jesus has not come yet, so occupy further I still will!