By Judson Edwards
In Quiet Faith, Judson Edwards writes, “For the entire nice characteristics we introverts carry to the desk, the reality continues to be that we're as a rule seen as humans wanting a character improve. these people who're energetic within the church locate that to be very true locally of religion. we're constantly, even though subtly and not directly, reminded that we have to be bolder, louder, and extra yes in our religion. If we ever rather bought packed with the Spirit, the church turns out to indicate, we'd develop into extroverts.” In 8 finely crafted chapters, Edwards appears to be like at key concerns like evangelism, reading the Bible, facing doubt, and surviving the church from the viewpoint of a proven, yet occasionally reluctant, introvert. within the technique, he deals a few provocative insights that introverts will locate worthy and reassuring. Quiet Faith bargains a considerate, sincere, and unique examine what it potential to be a Christian within the twenty-first century.
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Faith is our willingness to believe in that love and acceptance and to plug grace into our experience. Grace without faith is like a live wire that hasn’t been plugged in to anything. Grace with faith unleashes incredible power. GRATITUDE “. . and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God . . ” Grace is the incredible love and acceptance of God. Faith is plugging that grace and acceptance into our lives. And then comes the gratitude that we ever received these gifts in the first place.
Action. As with most introverted “periscope people,” I love to read, write, think, observe, and ruminate. Please, though, don’t ask me to do anything. Don’t ask me to leave my comfortable couch, desk, or hammock to move into action. I would rather think than sweat any day. • Community. I can’t tell you how many sermons I preached on the importance of koinonia, the church’s capacity to be a community. I frequently held up the early church as our best example. Those early Christians ate together, prayed together, carried one another’s burdens, and even gave away their possessions to provide for one another’s needs.
Though it is not easy, we learn to live out Paul’s admonition to give thanks in everything. When John Claypool was pastor of the Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, over forty years ago, his young daughter, Laura Lue, died of leukemia. ” In that sermon, he told a story about an old, green Bendix washing machine that his family once had when he was a boy. The washing machine actually belonged to a young couple his family knew, but, when the husband was drafted in World War II, and his wife prepared to go with him, they let the Claypools use their old Bendix until they returned.