Ministry Imagine #8

Two kinds of faith. . .

There are two kinds of faith: dead faith and living faith. Dead faith is personal piety or doctrinal orthodoxy. There is faith to be sure, fain in one’s own practices or dogma. Bit it is dead faith. It breeds no life. I tis like the Dead Sea, from which nothing flows out, and thus it has no life in it. Living faith is faith working through love. According to Paul, this is the only thing that matters: “The only thing that counts is faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6). Living faith is trust and confidence in God expressed in acts of love in our human relations and encounters with one another” (p. 12-13).

  • Does our life reflect a living faith?

Legalism is a dead faith too!

  • Correction. . . legalism is a toxic faith from which division flows out.
  • I’ve posted this video of Rick Atchley’s “Chairs” illustration before but a brother in Christ posted it on Facebook again this week, so it seemed like a good time to post it here again.

So what’s on your mind that can help us live as better ministers?

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5 responses to “Ministry Imagine #8

  1. What strikes me in watching this video, is the use of the phrase, “our movement”. To use such a phrase shows ownership, and with ownership comes authority, self appointed authority, and a big gulp of arrogance. Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build MY church.” God Himself said, “this is My Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.” Are we listening? Now, who’s movement was it?

  2. No, I got his point.

  3. Thank you for pasting this. We need to all be celebrating how much we have in common and realizing there is so much to be learned from the other guys:)

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