Monday, September 10, 2012

Context Gives Meaning

Words are potentially powerful means to motivation.  Jesus as the Word of Life has been a moving power for many of us.  As we seek to share the message of the Gospel we need to remember that words make sense only in context.  That is one reason why Jesus never taught except through the use of stories and parables.  Truth gains powers as it is seen in the context of application.  The same event presented within the context of a story carries more life change that any list of doctrines.  While doctrines are critical to our faith and growth, they must find their true meaning within the context of application.

My friend Jim Marino passed this little example on to me.  We see truth expressed as a statement and then see truth expressed within the context of experience and life.  Which has the greatest potential for moving people to action?

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