It takes a community — of the Spirit

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Humans are social beings. We are not meant to be alone (and we know it).

Our lives depend on others from beginning to end. We are designed to flourish in community.

But human relationships are the cause of some of our deepest problems. Living peacefully with one another is often a perplexing, painful and costly project. Although we still find that it’s not good to be alone, it’s complicated, difficult and sometimes dangerous to be together. 

God’s answer for our social and community needs is the Church. The work of Christ on earth cannot be thought of apart from the Church. He’s the one who said, “I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18).

Those who are deeply concerned about transformation must apply their thoughts and concerns to the Church. The Church (as God’s new community) is not merely an organization but an organism. In some ontologically organic way, each believer (upon…

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