While the practices of the church are necessary for the people of God to keep the story straight, they are never to be thought of as ends in themselves. When the practices of the church become greater than the story they serve, the church loses its way. Moreover, when one practice becomes the exclusive way the church seeks to keep the story straight, the church can also lose its way. Finally, when one “recipe” of the church is seen as the “complete” or final expression of what it means to live as the people of God, the church loses its way.
Mark Love, Douglas Foster, and Randall Harris. The Heart of the Restoration Series, Vol. 4: Seeking A Lasting City. Abilene: ACU Press, 2005. 92. Print.
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