The church, like John the Baptizer, is most true to its calling when it points away from itself. Pieter Bruegel (the Elder), a Dutch Renaissance painter, portrayed this vision of witness to Jesus Christ in a 1566 painting entitled "The Sermon of Saint John the Baptist." A detail of that painting (portrayed here) also captures the way we understand the role of the church in contemporary society. Growing ever more united (globally) "in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God" (Eph. 4:13), his one church exists to point to him. Owning the inadequacy of all our intuitive attempts to find God, Jesus Christ stoops to become for us "the way, the truth, and the life." Not only forgiveness, but also the full restoration of our humanity has been accomplished in him. Ascended to the right hand of God, he summons repentant believers through his word and his Spirit. First-hand engagement with him is the life-blood of his church.