In his book, The Shape of Faith to Come, Brad Waggoner writes, “Preaching that fills the head with a lot of biblical facts is vastly different from preaching that focuses on putting truth into practice. We must call the people of God to action, and they must see that we are practicing what we preach. I am not suggesting we lessen our emphasis on doctrine, but we must validate what we say with how we live. Are we authentic? Are we satisfied with informed people rather than transformed ones?”
--Shape of Faith to Come, 188. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson
Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV) "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."