Matthew 18 highlights the most fundamental elements of Christian community—hence the title of our series: “How then shall we live?” The way we live together as a Christian community is vitally important for our witness to the world. Jesus even prayed in John 17 that our unity, and love for one another as a church community, would be a witness to the world that Jesus in fact is the savior and ruler of the world! But on the flip side our disunity, our lack of love will do serious damage to our witness and influence on society. When people see the flawed and imperfect church living a life that characterizes Christ—It changes people!