Christianity is far more than “getting on good terms with God again.” While we may be saved as individuals, we are immediately brought into a new corporate identity. The Bible uses several images to describe this group. The church is called the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the vine and the branches, the true Israel, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. All of these describe the new community God is creating through the gospel.
One of the wonderful implications of this belief is that we are connected to Christians throughout all ages and lands. Recognizing this breadth helps us move beyond the parochial vision of a Christian sub-culture that we too easily inhabit. And since this new community is formed on the basis of grace and not our own righteousness, we can be patient with its imperfections. We are not trying to create a perfect community, rather one that deals honestly with all the messiness of human relationships–regularly admitting sins and extending forgiveness.
If you are interested in learning more about the All Saints and church membership, Pastor Brad would like to meet with you one-on-one to explain the history and distinctives of our community and answer any questions you might have. You can contact him directly to arrange a time to meet.