Speaking of individuals, Winthrop illustrates the reality of people joining
together as a group while maintaining their uniqueness to show a cohesive
- "For this end, we must be knit together, in
this work, as one man. We must entertain each other in
brotherly affection. We must be willing to abridge ourselves of
our superfluities, for the supply of others ’necessities. We must uphold
a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and
liberality. We must delight in each other; make others’conditions our
own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together,always
having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as
members of the same body” (Winthrop 7).
Overall, John Winthrop's principal goal was to promote the
sense of community that exists among those who gather for the benefit
of God's message.