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Question and Answer

Someone said that the church in America focuses too much on the individual. Is this true?

Yes! Most of the imperatives and exhortations given to us in the New Testament are not given to the individual; they are given to the redeemed community of faith. Here are some examples: Hebrews 4:14–16, 6:1–2, 10:19–24, 12:1–3. Of course, I am not saying that such passages do not have individual application, but our cultural obsession with our own individuality may hinder us from seeing in Scripture the corporate and collective implications of our testimony as a visible and concrete sign of the kingdom of God.

By Dr. Winfred O. Neely
Professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute

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