Behavior Change in the Church

One of the goals in the mission of the church is changing behavior.

Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Making a disciple of Jesus Christ means that one wasn’t before. It also means that there is something that sets apart a disciple of Jesus Christ from someone who is not.

Sometimes the change in behavior comes before a change in heart. For example, a neighbor who gives to a neighborhood food drive before ever being present with the church who organized the event.

Sometimes change in heart comes before a change in behavior. For example, an individual who responds to an evangelistic event at the local park and seeks out connection with a local church.

No matter what one’s spiritual development looks like, there will always be a change in behavior.

“But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18, TNIV).

Thanks to Behavior Change Made Easy (Sort of) for inspiration on this post.

2 thoughts on “Behavior Change in the Church

  1. Question- Is it possible to have lasting chang eif the heart does not change? if so is this change worth anything to God?

    1. Russ – It seems as if these are rhetorical questions for you. I would suggest that from a Christian perspective lasting change only comes if the heart is changed. However, there are definitely steps along the way. How would you answer your questions?

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