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The Church of Christ
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By Michael P. Johnson
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The Church of Christ

†Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone..... Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone..... Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone..... Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone..... Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone..... Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone..... Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone..... Christís church is true yet often small

No roof to call her own

Where Shepherds answer Heavenís call

Not that of flesh and bone

No unsaved elders tie them down

Godís Spirit leads The Way

So all the sheep receive a crown

And never from Jesus stray

An unwatched fields succumbs to weed

Submits to pest and blight

Godís pasture bears His Holy Seed

That grows toward the light

Many have served of great repute

With talents grand and fair

Where goodly works are but the fruit

God gives for all to share

Man cannot save from wrath or flame

We cannot buy Godís love

We cannot take away the shame

Or purchase life above

Yet works can guide a child thatís lost

May help a weary soul

Can shelter whom lifeís storms have tossed

And steer toward our goal

If man could see Salvationís plan

Godís will; would soon be done

For man would leave, the church of man

To serve Godís risen Son

For this! Godís church must stand erect

Must serve The Lord alone

Till all her children, Godís elect

Stand firm as living stone.....


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Submitted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

About the Poet
I never wrote a word of poetry in my life. Till the day Jesus took my hand and touched my soul.....I invite your response. However most poems are not about me! Very few are. But the feed-back good, bad or indifferent is always desired. Not meant to offend, but I write about many things in many a guise. Of life, death, lost, found, saved, backsliders, new comers, repenting souls, doubting hearts, heathens, Christians, fire, water, Satan's daughter, wallowing in sin, saved, made sound walking in Light, graceful righteous. Suffering, ecstatic, bored, excited, sad, delighted, Sick, well, lame, able, living, dying, etc. etc. etc. Writing about anything, everything and everyone as the spirit leads. All meant to reveal, waken, revive, encourage, shame, help. Gladden, pick up, exalt, portrait, liberate. Again over 99% of my work is not about me. Although at times I write as though I were or am. Speaking e.g. in the first person. This is quite common even in the bible itself. Prophets speak of themselves, then God speaks, again the prophet, then God......Quite often it's difficult to distinguish whom it is that at any given time is speaking or narrating.


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