This vignette is one of many examples of how Luther encouraged his followers to reinterpret life by exegeting it from a gospel perspective. He cared for souls by promoting the curative attitude of spiritual insight into the redemptive meaning behind events and experiences: cure through looking at life through the lens of the cross of Christ.
In Why Bother About Church?, Sam Allberry argues convincingly that we cannot belong to Jesus and not belong to His church.
The mental health world is trying to replicate what we have in the church, so why in the world is the church trying so hard to replicate the world?
How would our churches be different if we applied the truth that we can only grow in grace together with all the saints? How would our Christian lives be different if we applied the truth that we can only grasp the infinite love of God together with all the saints? How would our daily lives be different if we applied the truth that our growth in grace is a community project?
In one sentence, how would you answer the question, “What is the purpose of the church?”
God’s Word expands on that question, telling us that His Church is the place to believe in Christ, belong to Christ and the Body of Christ, and become like Christ.