Lecture 11, The Church and the Christian Life:
That we are delivered from the guilt, penalty, and dominion of sin in our justification and sanctification, respectively, makes the gospel very personal to us all. Yet personal does not mean individualistic. The gospel gathers people into a community of fellow believers, the church of Jesus Christ. We are called to live as believers corporately—not in isolation from one another. After all, Paul more often than not writes his letters to churches, gives commands to believers existing together, and continually uses “one another” language to speak of our relationships with fellow believers. In this lesson, Dr. Waters wants us to think of the church particularly in connection to the Christian life. In the process, he examines Paul’s understanding of the church as a body, gifts within the church, and Christ as the head of the church.