What is church and the community?
Listening to quite a bit of Crowded House stuff...
So far what I figure...
is that church must be based on eternal Trinitarian relationships revealed to us in Jesus
There is an entrance point - that is Christ
There is a reference point - that is the Father
The church is invitational - hence proclamation
Yet confrontational - since you imply in the invite that you are not part of it
The community is perichoretic - interpenetrating, with individuals breaking down in confession and being rebuilt as a community of persons in Christ - one body
Liberalism causes the church to be informal and 'uneventful' - since there is no serious consideration of sin
Legalism causes the church to be only in the structure and events - since the leaders think they can run a system since they are not sinful
True church is a household - where there is interaction and activity
Where there is an understanding of sinful separatedness and those informal interactions or formal events are all purposeful - designed to break down the separatedness between each other, and re-reference ourselves with the Father - hence the events of the Word in proclamation, corporate study, visible sacrament, etc
All this is what it would mean to be Spiritual
The goal of church is unnatural love for one another (grace), lead and exemplified by Jesus, founded on the love for the Father, actualised by the Holy Spirit
or something like that....