As a tree develops, it grows from its trunk into an interwoven network of limbs, branches, twigs and leaves that sprout forth from new buds each spring.
"Christ is the head of the church, his Body, and is himself its Savior. . . .the whole Body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. . . . Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it" (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 2:19; 1 Corinthians 12:27).