F O U N D A T I O N S 8 together. Our best motives and efforts ultimately prove unsound; as Jesus tells us, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” We remain sinners utterly dependent on grace. Yet we have experienced Christ’s transforming love. He makes the impossible possible: for ordinary men and women to live together in forgiveness and mutual trust, as brothers and sisters, the children of one Father. It is his Spirit that calls believers to a life of love where work, worship, mission, education, and family life are brought together into a single whole. We are convinced that such a life in church commu- nity is the greatest service we can render humanity and the best way we can proclaim Christ. 8 Christ brings all this about through his sacrifice on the cross. By taking suffering and death upon himself, he atoned for our sins and the sins of the whole world. His cross is the only place we can be forgiven and find peace with God and one another. The cross is the means of our personal salvation, but it is also more: it has cosmic significance. Here Christ overcomes all powers of evil and enmity, fulfills the justice of God, and reconciles the whole universe to himself. Christ’s cross is at the center of our life together. “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” We seek to go John 15:5 Eph 2:8–10 2 Cor 5:14–17; Gal 2:20 Phil 4:13 John 6:63–65 John 17:18–23 Rom 5:6–11 John 1:29; Is 52:13—53:12 John 3:16; 1 Jn 2:2 Eph 1:7–10; 2:11–22 Heb 10:11–25 Col 1:19–20; 2:13–15 1 Cor 1:18–25 Mark 8:34