It seems to me there are three considerations for us in our commitment and understanding of the Lord:
The fellowship of others,
Revelation to our hearts.
It is not so much one or the other as much as it must include the other. No single one of these is enough. If we were to exclude any it would be whatever prevents a revelation of the Son of God to our hearts. Eventually the others will verify this one, although the others cannot replace our revelation. When, and if, we replace revelation, we are committed to other things more than to Jesus and we are apt to become legal and institutional to protect those things.
“The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our heart.” St. John Chrysostom (349-407 AD)
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Jesus