By becoming a Christian, I belong to God and I belong to my brothers and sisters. It is not that I belong to God and then make a decision to join a local church. My being in Christ means being in Christ with those other who are in Christ. This is my identity. This is our identity…If the church is the body of Christ, then we should not live as disembodied Christians.
-Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church (Wheaton, Ill, Crossway Books, 2008), 41.