Kuyper identifies what ought to be our constant presumption and occupation in the church, "Reformation of the churches presupposes, first, that the churches of Christ have a certain form, shape or figure that is characteristic for them as churches. Second, it presupposes that this form, shape, or figure can become impure through deformation or disfiguring. Third, it requires that through reformation these deformed or disfigured churches can be returned to the original form, the right shape, the normal figure that flows out of its being and is defined by its character.” 

(Abraham Kuyper,  On The Church, Collected Works in Public Theology, Lexham Press, p85)

And, by the way, the family is the same. Its shape can fail… and we must recover it.

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