Faith is the response of the total self, the mind, will and affections. Being justified is a personal phenomenon. Service and love are more important than right beliefs and sound doctrine. You do your own believing. God transforms the heart and you experience God’s love. Good works are a correlation to faith. Protestants love the apostle Paul. They have a tendency to over emphasis the written Bible with an emphasis on private religious experience. Diversity is good, since most Protestant groups have broken off from another Protestant group or from the Roman Catholic Church. In a certain sense heretical or diverse views are expected rather than one orthodox single view.
We experience God in our community in the celebration of the story of Jesus Christ. The coherent story of Jesus overcomes self-deception. Jesus showed us how to be faithful to others and provides a model for constancy. The Jesus narrative story transforms and empowers us. Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the anointed one, the suffering servant. For many the scandal of death by crucifixion was too much. Christ’s resurrection defies scientific verification. This is not just about Jesus of Nazareth, but Jesus, the Lord and Savior. Jesus speaks to our hearts and minds. Jesus lives on with his Holy Spirit in our community when we gather together. There is a personal and social transformation that continually takes place with a deeper and richer understanding of the human person and authentic community. We all have a personal development of our faith. We live our discipleship of Jesus in justice, love and healing as our faith springs into action.