06 Oct Neighbors Home Church core Value #7: Accepting People As They Are
We do not expect people to behave as Christians, if they are not. People today desire to see the church in action to verify that it works, before they embrace its message. Note Jesus’ example with Zacchaeus (Lk 19) and the woman at the well (John 4). Jesus treated them as if they belonged before they believed and didn’t expect them to behave until they believed. This order: belong > believe > behave and not: behave > believe > belong.