Food for thought
My primary thesis is that the change we most yearn for is available to us only through the Triune God who transforms his people within the divine community, the church–The People of the Table.” (22)
Christian community is an ontologically irreducible organism. It is a living reality that is imbued with the Spirit of God. And most dramatically, it is the very life of the Triune God drawing people into a covenantal relationship with God and with one another. It is God’s own being on earth lived in a through believers for the single end result of seeing each person become like Jesus Christ. Thus, the community together is a witness for Christ.”
Tod E Bolsinger. It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives. Brazos, 2004.