If we hope to compel others to receive a gospel that is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16), we must show them this power in humble, loving, truth-telling communities of mutual affection and honor.
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:10, NLT).
When our Churches are filled with people who treat each other with honor, deference and humble service (foot-washing love), we will be the needed (and desired) alternative to the uncertainty, anxiety, and angst of postmodern times.
“If the Biblical story is told truly, it will subvert the alternative stories. But to tell it truly, you have to be living it”(N. T. Wright, emphasis mine).
When Churches are living out the gospel narrative, they offer tangible plausibility for the authenticity of the gospel. I suggest that…
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