There is no point in striving to be the church where people give their life to Jesus; salvation is an act of God and not human striving or strength. What matters is becoming the kind of church that gives its life for the sake of its neighbor; by submitting our lives to one another through the grace of God, we create the space in which God’s children are embraced and find new life.

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  1. Might Jesus suggest that giving your life to God and giving your life for the sake of your neighbor are sort of the same thing? P.S. you are a WordPress machine lately.


    1. becoming a machine is easier when you write down random thoughts for 8 years before having anywhere to put any of them đŸ™‚ And, I would absolutely say that giving your life to God and neighbor are at least so deeply intertwined that it is meaningless to try and separate the two.

      When I wrote this post I was listening to a podcast about church leadership and the guest mentioned how many people ‘gave their life to Jesus’ multiple times. I think that language just bothers me a lot more right now when I can so palpably see in evangelicalism the practical implications of divorcing salvation (give life to Jesus) from care for the neighbor (actually doing something to embody God’s love).


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