Posted by: pastordarren | January 5, 2009

Vocabulary vs. Experience

I came across this interesting quote this morning and wanted to share it with you.

“Too many of us have a Christian vocabulary rather than a Christian experience. We think we are doing our duty when we’re only talking about it.”
~ Charles F. Banning

You may not agree with Charles Banning, but what he says is worth thinking about for our lives and the church.

I usually refer to the difference between ‘head’ faith and ‘heart’ faith. Head faith is where we know the answers to questions, we can are familiar with the stories of Jesus and the Bible, we go to church and participate and fill positions. We can have the head faith with out really experiencing the saving power of Jesus that transforms our life, mind, and heart. And just the opposite, too, we can have the heart without the head. In other words, both are important and necessary to have a healthy faith.  They compliment and build on each other.  We need to have the experience and be grounded in scripture, they pull toward each other and are two sides of the same coin.

This works in the wider church as well.  Our ministry needs to not just focus on one area, but through education, worship, service, prayer, justice, etc. we  build both sides up.

Where do you see yourself?  Where is your church?  I hope that in this new year, you will have the experience of Jesus’ transforming power and grow in your knowledge of Him through the scriptures. 

May we not just talk about it, but experience and live our faith as well.

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