(reposted from The Phaith of St. Phransus)
To realize that faith is personal is to realize that it is both individual and social. Christians are called to witness, with Christ, to God's love and power. And they are called to witness through the church, the mediating community that practices its storied faith in worship. The faith's aim is to make Christians radically different persons - persons who no longer live for self, but for God and others - and they will not be different persons merely as "isolated" individuals. They can become different only in a community that is different.
- Rodney Clapp
, in People of the Truth: The Power of the Worshiping Community in Modern World (San Francisco: Harper & Row) 1988.