What role does, or should, the church play in relation to our salvation—in the sense of our development as Christians from our salvation onwards? Is it a help or a hindrance? Should we ignore it as a cumbersome irrelevance? On the other hand, if the church is meant to have a role in our personal spiritual development, as Scripture would suggest, how can we be sure that its structures and behaviour are fit for purpose, so that it can fulfil that role?
In this talk, David Gooding addresses these questions. Drawing on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he considers some key issues that ought to characterize any church concerned to secure the individual and collective spiritual well–being of believers, as members of the body of Christ.