Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community; relationship with God and with each other. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. The Bible calls us "members of the body" (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people.