The attempt of a community of faith to discern how God wants them to live out the story of Jesus in the world.
Community: Not the work of an isolated individual
Live out: A way of life
Praxis (action) instead of abstract theory and speculation
What we really believe is made clear by our actions
Story of Jesus:
A model or standard: WWJD.
A “center” to help us prioritize. Some things are closer to the center than others.
When we become part of the story of Jesus, he lives in and through us.
World: Not just the church
A specific context
Attempt: Not absolute and infallible.
Discern: Involves our intellect and reason
Prayer and the Holy Spirit
Specific teachings from scripture
Central principles identified in scripture
Consensus of the believing community
Wisdom of the world: Reason
Involvement in fellowship, service and witness