I believe in…the holy Christian church, the communion of saints. What is the church? And why does it matter? This line in the Creed begins the shift from vertical beliefs (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) to horizontal beliefs (how we live in light of the vertical). The bottom line is this: the church isn’t an afterthought in the Christian life, the church is central to the Christian life. The Christian who desires to thrive spiritually will unite themselves to the community of Jesus–the only institution Jesus promised would defeat the very gates of hell. As dysfunctional as she can be at times, the bride of Jesus is the hope of the world!