"A gospel-beautified church is defined by the mega-fact that the gospel is good news for bad people.
That good news is preached and sung and memorized and meditated on
and discussed and savored as the focus of that church's endless fascination.
In this new kind of social environment, Christ is lifted up, sins are confessed, shame is removed,
dignity is restored, forgiveness is felt, the races are reconciled, sexual integrity is recovered,
money is humbled, power serves, sacrifice is normal, joy is contagious, and so forth.
That is how the gospel beautifies a church."
- Ray Ortlund