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Integrating Vital Piety and Social Holiness

The Difference between Choosing and Being Chosen

Dr. Nick Campbell



In a Discipleship We Choose



The Rhythm of salvation is . . .



Our actions – God’s response



Discipleship is a Connection

We Choose



Individual’s experience

of forgiveness and belonging


Defining Question

“Have you asked Jesus Christ to be

your personal Lord and Savior?”


Weakness apart from full discipleship

Does not require a growing understanding

of the faith, or an accountability to

the neighbors God gives us to love


Example of over-emphasis

“Sunday” faith that is not reflected

on Monday



Discipleship is a Formation

We Accept



A set of principles that one believes,

or a set of actions that one performs


Defining Questions

“What does the Bible say?”

“What would Jesus do?”


Weakness apart from full discipleship

Does not necessarily require a relationship with God

through Jesus Christ,

or anticipate a further growth in love


Example of over-emphasis

“Burned out” members who quit and

“Fed up” members who leave



Discipleship is a Direction

We Seek



Individual’s progression in faith,

seeking “new” gifts and experiences


Defining Question

“Do you trust the Holy Spirit

to protect you and equip you?”


Weakness apart from full discipleship

Does not require growth in Christ-like love,

or a connection to a community

that holds them accountable in love


Example of over-emphasis

Spiritual thrill-seekers

Snake handling in worship






In a Discipleship of Being Chosen . . .



The Rhythm of salvation is . . .



God’s action – our response



Discipleship is revealed in

Prevenient Grace and Connection

Depending on God


To hunger for God is to know that we are not God.  To thirst for God is to know the deadly dryness of our sin.  To be awakened to our need for God is to discover all the ways we fall short of the glory and perfect love of God, as well as our inability to save or redeem ourselves.  The fruit of this conviction is a poverty of spirit that enables us to receive the kingdom of God as an unmerited and underserved gift – as grace.



Corresponding Wesleyan Rule

Do no harm



Discipleship is revealed in

Justifying Grace and Formation

Conforming to Christ


Christian formation is not primarily concerned with the “thou shalt nots,” which can lead to a religion of avoidance.  Wesley considered this the least part of religion.  The “thou shalt nots” are based in a fear of the wrath of God, from which we are released through the justifying grace of Jesus Christ.  Instead, authentic Christian spiritual formation is concerned with the active “love your neighbor as your self” that conforms our living to the life of Christ.


Corresponding Wesleyan Rule

Do good



Discipleship is revealed in

Sanctifying Grace and Direction

Confidence in the Holy Spirit


Confidence in God means sharing with God our hopes, our fears, our dreams, and our doubts, just as we would confide in a trusted friend.  We do this in confidence so that we are not afraid to hide anything from God; and we do this with confidence that God will guide and direct us by the Holy Spirit.  We can have assurance that this is the guidance of the Holy Spirit as the witness of our spirit confirms the witness of the Holy Spirit



Corresponding Wesleyan Rule

Stay in love with God



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Dr. Nick has written a hymn that emphasizes the “being chosen” "With Humble Hands Now Clasped"

A pdf of the hymn can be downloaded here.