Belief or faith?

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The Reformational paradigm, which tempts us to replace relationships with reason, is captured in the word belief. It is concerned with right thinking and adherence to a particular way of articulating biblical teaching. It involves systematizing and assenting—and excluding those who don’t fully subscribe to the current fashion in creedal statements. Belief is inert. It is intellectual, defensible . . .

In contrast, the missional paradigm is a way of life—the life of faith. It is a quest for discovery. It is nothing less than the pursuit of the GodLife relationship.

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Faith is kinetic and transformational.
It is described in Scripture as following,
forgiving, seeking, rejoicing, sharing.

It is the life of relating to God, to others, and to God’s creation. To the Western mind it can appear sloppy and unpredictable and meandering. Yes, it is all of those things, and much more!

Belief is Plato; faith is Jesus.

–Leonard Sweet
Out of the Question . . . Into the Mystery
(emphasis added)

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Love involves more than one

That God is somehow plurality-in-oneness, that is, intrinsically relational, is the logical necessity of the statement “God is love”.

–Bruxy Cavey

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