If the congregation is to be Christ-Centered:
It’s members must constantly behold the glory of the Lord and be changed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Their lives must show the purity, humility, tenderness, compassion, and unselfishness of Jesus.
Their ambition must be to please Christ in all things and live solely for Him (2 Corinthians 5:6, 14-15).
Their motto must ever be, “To live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21) and this must always be their desire.
Their faith must be, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) and in this faith they must go forth with confidence, assuredly believing that nothing shall ever separate them from the love of Christ for they “are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:35-39).
Their hope must be the return of their dear Lord and for this blessed event they must watch, pray, and work so as to meet Him with confidence (1 John 2:28).
Their longing must be to be numbered among the redeemed saints who shall be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever in the heavenly glory! (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18).
When Christ thus lives in the congregation, it will be spiritual, sound, active, unselfish, charitable, and faithful to the Lord….Such a church will have power and influence in the community and will make a tremendous spiritual impact on many lives.
John H. Banister, 1967