The Church is the creation of God by his Word. Moreover, God's new Creation (the Church) is as dependent upon his word as his old creation (the universe). Not only has he brought it into being by his Word, but he maintains and sustains it, reforms and renews it through the same Word. The Word of God is the sceptre by which Christ rules the Church and the food with which he nourishes it. John Stott, Between Two Worlds, p. 109.