God made us for relationships with him and with each other. Therefore we flourish in our faith not in isolation but in community. As a result of sin, we often hunger paradoxically for deep, meaningful relationships and for seclusion. The gospel changes and empowers us to love and accept others as Christ does us. Christ has given every Christian spiritual gifts and natural abilities and passions that are unique to each of us. These gifts are given for the building up of the body of Christ. The more we develop and use our gifts in gospel centered community, the more Christ’s purposes for us are fulfilled, the more joy we experience, and the more glory we give to God.