We are coming to the end of our 5 weeks series on how The Gospel Changes Everything. We have been talking and wrestling through how our core values are shaped by the reality that Jesus lived the life we could not live and died the death that should have been ours. How then do we live together in community, in our worship, and as those who call themselves Christians?
One of the most influential ideas that has shaped me is that God calls us to faith— to follow Him; then He puts us in vocational contexts to do something in us (character) and through us (culture). Faith leads to vocation leads to culture. It captures the influence our church and the Global Church wants to have on this world that that we share.
Steve Garber is often the voice I hear when I think about these things. He has written well about them in his book The Fabric of Faithfulness. Here are some thoughts he gave in a recent interview. They capture what we are trying to do in our common life together:
There are habits of heart that sustain people over time, so that the question of ‘forming moral meaning’ is not rocket-science. People who keep on keeping on are men and women who:
- develop a worldview that can make sense of life, giving us the possibility of living with ‘the grain of the universe,’ the truth about God, the human condition, and history– against the challenge of a pluralizing, secularizing world;
- find a mentor, a teacher, who embodies the worldview we are beginning to call our own, with grace and hospitality allowing the truest learning to take place, the over-the-shoulder, through-the-heart kind; and
- commit to a community of like-minded, like-hearted people who together, over the course of years, are an incarnation of that worldview– even as we stumble along clay-footed as we necessarily will be.
The question of us is finally: can we sustain our beliefs– or will time and circumstance wear them out, causing us to become worn out?
I have always longed for that which is sustainable– in life and fiath, in politics and marriage, in all that I am and do, really. Less than that is unsatisfying– profoundly, even painfully so.
Read the whole interview at:
Steve is a good friend and will join us at Restoration this Sunday (Feb 22) as we wrestle through these ideas of coherence, sustainability, and living out what we believe. In some ways, finding practical, tangible means to the question of how we live with integrity between what we profess and the way we act is the most important question we can answer.