Perhaps one of the greatest benefits we have in the west is the the abundance of examples and the forerunners of the faith. Great theologians of the early church, the reformers, the puritans, missionaries, evangelists… The list goes on and on! Men and women have run this race before us. They finished well, persevered to the end, and through their testimony and example we can learn to love God more and serve Him dynamically. Their stories are complete, their witness untarnished – dead guys won’t disappoint!
Contemporary church leaders and thinkers help us to evaluate culture and issues and apply these deep truths to our cultural engagement. We can learn from their example of daily life and apply appropriate insight to our daily walks.
The Bible is sufficient and complete. It is through the Word of God that the Spirit transforms lives. And on occasion, hearing testimonies of those who have gone before us can push us on to greater obedience, insight and love.