Thursday, August 27, 2015
From Whence Growth
Being a nominal Presbyterian, Methodist, or Baptist is easier; though there are some outward expectations like baptism (among credobaptists) that can mark a spiritual commitment. But Pentecostal believers and churches constantly emphasize spiritual practice and engagement. -- That helps make a more robust faith.
Not only does a valued distinctive encourage participation and growth in the local body, but it also provides an imperative for growth outside of the local body. When you appreciate what you have as much as Pentecostals do, you aren’t satisfied to experience it yourself. You think others should have the same opportunity to partake of the movement of the Spirit of God.
Pentecostals believe in their approach. Their Christian walk has benefited, and they think everyone should have access. While others are figuring out what to do now to achieve growth, Pentecostals are focusing on who they are and are achieving growth.
So, from my perspective, one which believes in manifestations of the Holy Spirit without believing them mandatory for genuine faith, the question becomes how to capture something like this in other faith expression.
Can't character be as big a mark of faith as tongues?
Pentecostals character growth