My desire to write Faith Acts happened because of a conversation over a cup of coffee. I’m fairly certain all great things in life begin this way, and I hope Faith Acts joins the ranks of great things that happened.
Dillon and I were having a conversation about the 2014 Barna award for Chattanooga as the Most Bible-Minded city in the United States. The release of this result with the compounding problem of homelessness and homicides and other deplorable crimes and quality of life issues in Chattanooga really made the title of Most Bible-Minded almost an insult to the Bible. We believed that if someone were truly Bible-minded, they would also be Bible-oriented in their action.
I went home and spent some time in thought and prayer about the situation, and I started to write down some thoughts. I started to ask myself, “If I really believe the Bible, how will it change my behavior?” I realized that if I believed the Bible I should act a certain way because of it, and that led me to a series of questions: If I believe what the Bible says about God, how should I respond to him?; If I believe what the Bible says about other people’s value as an image bearer of God, how should I treat them?; If I believe what the Bible says about sin and the human condition, what should be my response?
These questions and more starting coming out of me, and I kept writing them down. When I felt like I had a complete list, I emailed them to Dillon with the subject heading “Book Proposal” and waited to hear back from him. He took a couple weeks to look it over and give some input. We talked through it and the outline for Faith Acts was born.
Our desire was to share with the world our conviction that believing the Bible should mean more than having knowledge of what is in the Bible and giving assent to its truth. We wanted to show how God had put a passion into us to go into our community and do something that would demonstrate our belief in the Bible. The more we talked about it, the more we knew that James 1:22 was the guiding passage of Scripture that would carry the book forward.
As you pick up your copy of Faith Acts, Dillon and I want you to do more than read the book. We want you to find motivation to do what the Bible says. Live out your faith by being obedient to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Use words to share the gospel, but also use actions. Be a living Bible for the world to see Jesus, and be the voice who calls out to a lost world that salvation has come.
Don’t just read our book; Do What It Says!