The Bible Jesus is everywhere. The institutional Jesus is mainly confined to church buildings.
The Bible Jesus calls for committed disciples. The institutional Jesus is satisfied with casual church members.
The Bible Jesus reveals Himself directly to people. The institutional Jesus needs to be approached thru a religious organization.
The Bible Jesus is risen and living all year long. The institutional Jesus is seldom said to be risen, except on Easter Sunday.
The Bible Jesus walked on water. The institutional Jesus is often used to water down the expectation of modern-day miracles.
The Bible Jesus cast out demons. The institutional Jesus is oblivious to demons.
The Bible Jesus is a firm foundation, stable and consistent. The institutional Jesus too often bends with and accepts the values of human society.
The Bible Jesus focuses on God’s kingdom. The institutional Jesus too often relies on human governments.
The Bible Jesus says, “Follow Me.” The institutional Jesus expects us to follow religious organizations.
Jesus never told His disciples to come to church and hear a sermon, but He did tell them to go into the world and make disciples. The good news about Jesus is designed to be spread throughout the world, not to be contained in church buildings!
How absolutely right! We are called to be the Ecclesia ,to be in the world. meeting together in homes, sharing the Word, reaching the lost and ministering to the poor. It’s never been about the “organized ” church but about the church as an organism.