Can I Grow in Holiness Without the Local Church?

We recently traveled to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) in Philadelphia in search of some answers to our burning questions about sanctification. While there, we asked counselor and author David Powlison what role the local church plays in our sanctification. He explains in this video clip —

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at