As we go through this roller-coaster ride of planting a church in Bucureşti, I have often found myself asking: “Why on earth did we decide we needed to do this, anyhow?” These last few weeks, as numbers have dipped especially low, this question has had a tendency to come to mind much more frequently.
So, why are we planting a church here in Bucureşti?
There are many reasons. Here’s one: România needs more bodies of believers who trust God for total holiness and experience his total liberty.
Some churches believe that holiness isn’t really attainable and so you might as well just go on sinning and trust Jesus forgives you. Others seem to think the entire Christian life is an austere and painful struggle to live holy and free from any and every minute imperfection in spirit, soul, and body.
I believe the Bible teaches holiness is completely attainable and that through Jesus we also have incredible liberty. This is an important dichotomy: we can be totally and fully pure before God, in body, soul, and spirit; and we can also enjoy life to the full and experience tremendous liberty.
Here are thirteen quick thoughts related to holiness and liberty: