Maybe you've heard this before.
The only problem is, none of it is true.
This view of the Christian life is up a creek without a paddle and is the spiritual equivalent of handing a drowning man a concrete life jacket! The church is not simply a club of like-minded people who meet until they are strong enough to go it alone. Nor is it about being part of a social club of like-minded individuals. Being a Christian is all about being part of God's community. The church is the family of God sharing one Father, the body and bride of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit. God's plan has never been to save lots of individuals who will all relate to him individually with 'Jaayy-zus' as their personal saviour! God's plan has always been to create a human community of people who love God and love each other. That is what humanity was all about in creation. That is what God's new humanity of Israel was all about. That is what the church, God's transformed end-time Israel, is all about. Being a Christian just is being part of that new humanity in Christ. (53-54)