This book discusses the identity, authority, mission and ecumenicity of the church. This chapter focuses on the identity of the church. The author maintains that one cannot think about the church without thinking about Christ, and one cannot confess faith in Christ without being a member of the church.
With Christ as the centre of heaven, and the believer being conformed to Christ, the glory of Christ, the heavenly bridegroom, will be the centre of everything, and this is seen in how the believer prepares himself for that big day. Let the article explain.
The Bible portrays the relationship of Christ and His church through the image of a shepherd and his sheep. The example of sheep points to the Christian's tendancy to stray, their vulnerability and their need for the flock. In contrast, the image of Shepherd points to Christ as one who protects, nurtures and gathers the sheep.