Our movement loves information…we teach until we are blue in the face. Information is king…if you know the right things and believe all the right things then all is well. What you do with that information is inconsequential…just make sure you have the right belief system and we’ll leave you alone.
We love the red letters more than the black letters…the red letters are what Jesus said. The black letters are what Jesus did. In order to get the whole Gospel you have to have both. In order to teach the whole Gospel you have to have both. In order to live a Gospel-shaped life both are required.
We need churches to emphasize both the teachings of Jesus and the doings of Jesus. That means our teaching has to transition from pure information to information presented in an equipping fashion. It is one thing to know the facts about the human heart and quite another for a surgeon to learn how to put one back together and actually do it…the second is equipping or training. So we still need information but we need that information presented in a manner that leads to and prepares people for Gospel-informed, Christ-centered action.