To avoid bewilderment among these many perspectives on the church, we need to focus on the apostolic gospel by which the church was founded. The saving truth of the gospel is to be believed, and proclaimed to the nations. The gospel is also to be lived, for holiness, no less than truth, marks the Spirit's work. Further, this believing, proclaiming, and living take place within a community. Those who are in Christ are joined to one another in an organism. There is a holy, spiritual order to God's community. It is not formed like other organizations, but it is a colony of heaven, a pilgrim people, traveling toward the day of Christ's return.
- Edmund Clowney, The Church