Which comes first, believing or belonging?
It makes perfect sense for some Church folks to require people to believe what they believe before accepting them into their group. Unfortunately, some will never hear the message to believe in outside of the group setting. If the church requires people to believe before they make them feel like they belong, they may never have a chance to hear the message.
In The Celtic Way of Evangelism, George Hunter writes, “Indeed, many new believers report that the experience of the fellowship enabled them to believe and to commit. For many people, the faith is about three-fourths caught and one-fourth taught.”
- Kindle Book, Highlight Loc. 459-60
Later in the same book, he stated the principle quite succinctly, “For most people, ‘belonging comes before believing.’"
- Kindle Book, Highlight Loc. 464 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson
Titus 1:8 (NKJV) “but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,”