On this day in 1957, six nations signed a treaty in Rome to form the European Economic Community. The EEC, better known as the Common Market, was the union of France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Isolated by antiquated trade laws, overshadowed by American economic power, and increasingly concerned about the growing Soviet threat to the east, these nations were well-motivated in their bid to come together. The treaty went into effect in January 1958, laying the groundwork for the 1993 formation of the European Union (EU). The EU currently includes 28 nations, which are bound by a common single market and various trade policies.
The church is a common organization, as well. Whether you travel to Maine or Mongolia, the church is held together by confession in Jesus Christ and a commitment to doing His will on earth. It was no different when the church was being birthed by the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. We read that the believers met daily in the temple courts, broke bread together, and pooled their resources to help those in need. The biblical word for their union was koinonia, which translates as “fellowship” in most Bibles. But this was no casual, hanging-at-the-coffee-pot kind of fellowship. Koinonia, which contributed to our words for communion, communication and community, is deep participation in the life of Christ. It is a partnership in the divine corporation known as the Church, with Jesus as our CEO. Our company policy is to “love one another” as Christ loved us, and our mission statement is to “Go, ye, therefore and make disciples (Matt. 28:19).”
We must not degrade the church by turning it into a country club with a little religion thrown in for good measure. God intended for the Body of Christ to be a foretaste of heaven, where the saints of every era will continue to commune with each other—and Jesus—forever.