This book discusses the identity, authority, mission and ecumenicity of the church. This chapter focuses on the identity of the church. The author maintains that one cannot think about the church without thinking about Christ, and one cannot confess faith in Christ without being a member of the church.
Part of our calling as the family of Christ is to hold membership in a local church. This membership involves commitment to worship the Lord corporately, edifying brothers and sisters through mutual exhortation and service, cooperation in mission, and holding each other accountable to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord.