徒 Acts 5:12-16
12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
If everyone wanted to teach himself and pray privately, all by himself, without any meetings, then, no matter how well the church was organized, it would be bound to collapse.
The faithful were as different from others as angels are different from men. In holy discipline and sincere godliness is a certain dignity that restrains the wicked, even against their will. Today, however, we are ignorant of its nature. The truth is that we make ourselves, and the church along with us, contemptible by our worldly license and evil living.