Most have heard and used the adage, “One picture is worth a thousand words.” I believe this is true having been taught during a computer class to use words that cause images to form in the mind of the reader.
A Norwegian, Henrick Ibsen stated the same truth this way:
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” Henrick Ibsen.
Countless classes within the church and other religious groups have been taught on effective ways to defend whatever distinctive the group may adhere. Many protégées win arguments or think they do. The words are lovely and are based on powerful “closing the sale” practices. Often such presentations gain the acquiescence of the listener. However they seldom if ever achieve the intended goal, but merely a nod of the head, and the hearer walks away with nothing going on the inside.
The current rage is on teaching “Discipleship.” One of the significant hindrances being that very few understands the term, disciple. Some give the textbook definition; “A disciple learns the discipline and practices the same.” The rub being which set of teaching is correct. Am I to follow the discipline of Apollos, Peter, or Paul. Or the current wunderkind on TV? A fault may be found in any modern set of essentials or those from Medieval times, including the leaders of the reformation. Being human they and we come short of the glory of God. Thus our arguments come up short when the teachings are compared to the example of Jesus. EXAMPLE!
Peter cleared the air with this thought:
1Peter 2:21 “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:” (NKJV).
When examining many of the “particulars” of sectarianism, we do well to clarify the practice in question against the practice of Jesus Christ. The list will get shorter and much harder for humans, thus teaching us to lean on Jesus.
The world around us has been told ad infinitum about the finer theological points of faith. They wait with bated breath to see convincing demonstrations of Christ living through the professors of faith.
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