Justification by belonging...

When the experience of belonging to a church or small group becomes the defining experience of your Christian life you're in danger of marginalizing Jesus death and resurrection.

This is a danger particularly for loving, caring and welcoming churches. Friendship and fellowship in God's community of saved people is a wonderful and comforting thing. But this should be the result of justification. If you emphasize belonging to the community as the primary reality of your Christian life, your justification isn't a done deal anymore; it has become caught up with whether you're connected to the community, whether you've been accepted by others and whether you're displaying the right signs of membership. These things are fleeting and ephemeral compared to the solid reality of Jesus Christ full and perfect sacrifice which secures our justification before God.

(taken from a Christian magazine I read)



BSJ-rom said... 1/05/2008 9:41 pm  

I wanna make a comment but I haven't done my homework. Guess it's gonna wait...

mike said... 1/06/2008 12:42 pm  

Spam Spam Spam.. sorry folks I'll have to turn word verification thingy on...:(

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