A Christian is someone who has a growing love for the Word of God.
A Christian is someone who is growing in the discipline of prayer.
A Christian is someone who has a growing love for his brothers and sisters in Christ.
A Christian is someone with a growing concern for personal holiness.
A Christian is someone who desires to see the lost converted and discipled.
Where is the Word of God most clearly taught, most rigorously obeyed, most highly valued? Which place, of all the places a Christian could be, is meant to be a “house of prayer”? Which gathering can the believer most readily show his love for the brethren? Where else can a believer be exhorted to holiness and be held accountable? Which institution makes the Great Commission its purpose and goal?
The church. The church is the crossroads where all the Christian’s highest affections meet. And that’s why I think the clearest measure of a Christian’s maturity is how he feels about the local church.