I think this is a very thought provoking blog post over at Parchment and Pen. Here is the link. There is a sense in which God is happy when what we belief produces action. On the other hand, as mentioned in the last post on Romans 10, it is possible that we have lots of actions but can do so for all the wrong reasons (out of a zeal wrongly applied). I think the solution is found in the middle ground. When we believe the fundamentals of our faith, it will express itself by action. In other words, if you know Jesus died for you and he calls you into covenant relationship with him, it makes us want to go and tell. It makes us want to invite others in. It should make us want to be salt and light. So yes, application for application sake is not the heart of the Gospel…the facts of the death, burial and resurrection are. But on the other hand, I would questions someone’s faith who has believed all the right things for decades but you couldn’t tell they were a Christian by their actions.
1 – You don’t know how. Most people were never discipled and don’t know where to start. Without a good model for what this looks