Acts 2:42…”They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” This is what repentance and faith in Christ looks like practically. This first group of believers responded to the gospel by identifying themselves with particular leaders through submitting to them, and began to count themselves as citizens of Christ’s kingdom. These clusters of Christians assembling in unity, holiness, and dedication to God and each other is God’s model for our lives today. The church is the bride of Christ, and is therefore to be growing in holiness to be set apart from the world, so she can be presented to Christ as blameless and spotless on the day He returns. She will never be perfect this side of heaven/His return, but she should be moving in that direction. A church which looks similar to the world around her, lies about what God is really like, and is not an accurate representation of God’s intent for Christ’s bride. Do your leaders/pastors/elders ever teach you that you need to be growing in holiness? If not, in light of Hebrews 12:14, respectfully ask them why.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.