Before we can truly understand anything meaningful about the church, we must first be captured by a consuming revelation of the Person for whom it exists. Therefore, we must always begin with the Lord Jesus. We must always start with Him.
If we start out with the church, instead of with the One for whom it lives, we will end up with something quite distorted. As one writer put it:
"The church is so important! Yet her significance fades away compared to the glory of our Christ Himself. We face grave dangers when we ‘major' on the church and especially on its ‘structure.' We should major on the Lord and minor on the church . . . at most . . . If Christ is not exalted, we are building on sand, using wood, hay, and stubble as materials. All will be burned up. Whenever Christians, throughout the age, have built on a foundation other than Christ, the storms have come and living churches have fallen into spiritual death."