Pulling Weeds<BR>in the Church Yard

Is the church honestly a “counterculture for the common good”?

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Most of us probably have a ready qualifier when unbelievers question us about faith issues—a way to distance ourselves from the often silly, and sometimes terrible, things perpetrated by so-called Christians. “Well, yes, I’m a Christian, but not like those abortion clinic bombers. And not like that CEO who defrauded his company. And not like…”

In the CHRISTIANITY TODAY article “The Church’s Great Malfunctions,” Miroslav Volf writes, “Christian faith has been put to the most scandalous uses. As we reflect on how followers of Christ can exemplify ‘a counterculture for the common good,’ it’s important to keep these ill effects of faith in mind.” What should take the place of “idleness of faith and oppressiveness of faith,” as Volf labels them? How can Christians address these “malfunctions” and weed them out? This study will discuss these issues.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 51; Matthew 5:21–22, 38–48; 23:25–28; Luke 9:57–62; Acts 2:42–47


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Real faith is an integrated reality, not an idle veneer.
Teaching point two: Real faith is a call to love enemies, not a violent oppressiveness.
Teaching point three: Real faith examines itself and strives for a “counterculture for the common good.”
    • Apply Your Findings


    • “The Church’s Great Malfunctions” , by Miroslav Volf (October 2006, 14 pages)

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