Christian community is built around our shared experience of the gospel. Community always begins with God, and God gives us community as a means of transforming our lives more and more into the image of his son. However, community is not merely a tool for growth, but also a gift from God for our joy as well as for our good.
Jesus appeared to take away sins. This brings us great hope not only in justification – our being made right with God – but also in sanctification, as he empowers us in the battle against indwelling sin.