“What is a church? A church –not the church but a church– is a body of believers in Jesus, together drawing their life from him in regular, practical, organized ways that accelerate their progress for him…
Scripture is clear. Christians have to choose between isolation, which is easy, and belonging, which is costly –and much more satisfying.
Here is why our belonging to a church matters so much to God. We are living stones in the spiritual temple that he is building in the world today (1 Peter 2:4-5) He wants to dwell among his people, and we as living stones find ourselves when we are built into the spiritual temple. There is no churchless Christianity in the Bible. We individualistic Americans need to face that. God is building a new community, and its worth belonging to.”
–Ray Ortlund, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ