Typical humans are afraid most of the time, and our instinctual reaction is not holiness and peace. We can get mean. We will use violence to protect what we have against foes, real or imaginary. We don't trust that God is at work in our lives. We don't trust each other for help.
Those of us who compose the church, this church, are typical humans.
But, in joining a church and listening to its' teachings, we are on the path to holiness. We must be courageous and we must remain determined because this path leads through the valley of the shadow of death. We must know that we can do this. We must know that we are up to the journey because of our lineage, our Messiah and our foundations.