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Paul described the membership of the church of Philippi as "the saints" (Phil. 1:1). A "saint" is not a perfect individual or a Christian who has excelled beyond other Christians. To the contrary, according to the New Testament, all Christians are saints. What is a saint? The word "saint" is closely related to the word "sanctify." When something is sanctified, it is set apart for a specific purpose (i.e., it is made holy). Therefore, a saint is an individual who has been set apart for the service of God—a Christian! Peter wrote, "Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.'" (1 Pet. 1:15-16). Concerning Christians relationship to sin and the world, Paul wrote, "Come out from their midst and be separate" (2 Corinthians 6:17). If a Christian is, by definition, one who is sanctified—a saint. The individuals who are members of Woodland Hills strive on a daily basis to be holy. This does not mean that we are perfect. We all struggle with temptations and sins, but we recognize that we have been washed, sanctified, and justified by the blood of Christ (1 Cor. 6:11; Eph. 2:13).

The members of Woodland Hills function much like the members of a body (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-27). We all play different, but crucial rolls. Some of us serve as elders, deacons, and evangelists, while others serve as bible class teachers, song leaders, etc. Some of our members are exceptionally good at offering encouragement, while others are excellent bible students. Whatever the case may be, we each have skills that we try to implement in the Lord's service. When we all do our part in this local body, we "grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love" (Eph. 4:15-16).