So what does this mean for us today? The first practical point we should note is this: when we gather as a church, a biblical understanding of God’s grace means that we are only there because God has acted. Indeed, our gathering as the church is the action of God and not of ourselves. If we can ever legitimately make ourselves the subject of a sentence containing the phrase “do church,” it is only in a very subordinate and derivative way. The church that takes God’s grace seriously believes that the church is solely God’s creature—not our response to his grace.
Carl Trueman, Grace Alone