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Friday, March 8, 2013

Why I Still Believe: Virtue, The Community of Faith


Why I Still Believe: Virtue, The Community of FaithVirtue is a taste of the character of heavenites. Its very presence discredits the hellions. Each one of us will deal with the internal pull from both sides, the kingdoms of heaven and hell. I’m convinced the Holy Spirit empowers us to embrace the goodness of the kingdom of light.



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Why I Still Believe: Virtue, The Community of Faith

By Evan Nehring

This is the third in our Why I Still Believe post series. There will be a couple more. So far I've included:
Here are two more reasons why I still believe.

Virtue

I don’t hear this defense of the faith much, yet it’s one of the most powerful for me. God is good. When we worship him and follow in his footsteps, our character is changed to reflect more of his holiness. (I talk much more about this in the Character chapter.)
 
Does this mean every Jesus-follower is a better person than everyone else? No. But it means people who authentically pursue the heart of God are radically changed in wonderful ways. They become genuinely more human, compassionate, and joyful. Choosing God’s righteous path also avoids the drama and pitfalls of sin and self-destruction.
 
Virtue is a taste of the character of heavenites. Its very presence discredits the hellions. Each one of us will deal with the internal pull from both sides, the kingdoms of heaven and hell. I’m convinced the Holy Spirit empowers us to embrace the goodness of the kingdom of light.
 
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Virtue: A Candle in the Dark

The community of faith

Churches have problems. It has a lot to do with the fact that people go to church and people have problems. But when you experience a true community of grace and truth, nothing can substitute.
 
I’ve grown up in the church. I’ve never not been a church guy. While I’ve come to realize that there is compassion and love outside of the church, often that comes in the unhelpful packaging of tolerance and universalism. That type of community redefines sin so that everything’s OK. The very real downside is that people aren’t helped out of their problems.
 
God’s people, following His lead, accept people the way they are but love them too much to leave them that way. Is it a messy business? Yes it is. It has a lot to do with the fact that people go to church and people have problems.
 
Having said all that, churches that love people by embracing grace and truth, genuine communities of faith, flesh out God’s love for the world. God loves us through the church. That also convinces me.


Missed part one of Why I Believe? Read it here. Missed part two? Read it here.
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