Would you say you are an emotional Christian?
Yes, my emotions have never been more engaged and enlivened by the radical pursuit and grace of Jesus in my life.
Is it more dangerous to love something not enough or too much?
It is most dangerous to not allow Christ’s love to penetrate our lives, reorienting and strengthening our love for other things.
Are your desires generally good or generally bad?
Our desires are weak and misappropriated. However, as we surrender to Jesus, our weak desires give way to stronger desire in all areas of our lives that have been reoriented around our identity in Him.
Which influences your decisions more, your heart or your head?
Jesus’ love for me, experienced in intimacy with Him, influences my decisions most.
Which is better: To engage deeply in secular culture/community or to engage in Christian culture/community?
It is best to engage “secular” culture within the context of Christian community. Our identity with Christ calls us to incarnate His love to our neighbors and co-workers, etc. Our intimacy with Jesus allows us to love—the way He loves—both Christians and non-Christians that are not like us.
My desires, other than my desire for God, are dangerous.
My desires are God-given guides to seek fulfillment in His love and beauty and power. These desires can bring intimacy with Jesus and play an important role in His kingdom purposes.
Which is better: To enjoy the privilege/wealth that God has given you or to give away the privilege/wealth?
It is best to see ourselves as stewards, surrendering privilege and wealth and allowing God to direct it for His kingdom purposes and for our enjoyment in intimacy with Him.
Areas of anxiety in my life are indicators that I don’t trust God.
Areas of anxiety in my life are opportunities to cast my cares on the Lord in prayer and to be reminded of my identity in Christ.
If I spend a lot of time doing something I love and feel like I can’t get enough, then it must be an idol.
As I pursue intimacy with Jesus, my desires for the “things I love and can’t get enough of” will be reoriented until they become both less significant than they used to compared to my love for Christ and more significant than they used to because of God’s purpose for them in my life.
As long as I give away at least 10% of my income, I can use my wealth for my own plans.
My wealth—everything I own and every privilege I have—is a gift from the Lord to be enjoyed and used for His purposes. I should be a good steward of my wealth with deep gratitude and give generously. I can practice radical generosity with joy and without fear of loss or security because of my identity in Christ.
Christian leaders should be less affected by and attached to the created pleasures of this world.
Christian leaders should be more engaged and connected to all spheres of life and culture, actively living as ambassadors for the kingdom. In that sense, Christians should experience the pleasures of this world in a redefined and deeper way—through the lens of worship.
If I’m a good pastor/ministry leader, then I shouldn’t struggle with things in life the way others do.
Recognizing my struggles with sin and weakness is what makes me a good pastor/ministry leader. Such humility drives me to repentance and to a deeper faith in Christ and His work on the cross. I then can lead others through Spirit-driven joy and intimacy with Jesus.
Suffering is a part of life; if we have faith we should just be able to accept it.
Suffering is a part of life in this fallen world. But because of my identity in Christ, nothing can separate me from the love of God, and because my Savior suffered, I can experience a fresh and deep level of intimacy with Jesus in my suffering.
Self-care is for people who don’t trust God enough.
Self-care flows out a continued surrender to Christ and my desire for intimacy with Him.