But I want to comment on just two more things that I regard as the legacy of the restoration movement. Just one of them today and the last tomorrow, hopefully.
- a life of faith - again this was not exclusive to the restoration movement, but certainly it was something that I learned from the key players in it. They taught us to have a big view of God, to expect great things from him, to believe that we are more than conquerors, that we can overcome life's challenges and that God leads us in victory (2 Cor.2:14). It challenged what was often an insipid, negative, beaten down, victim mentality among many Christians and churches, and encouraged us to believe that those who received of God's grace could reign in life (Rom.5:17). There were times that this emphasis was unbalanced so that it took on a triumphalist, macho-Christian tone which made some of us at times unsympathetic to the weak, underestimating of the challenges people faced and simplistic about what are often complex problems.I would want to make sure now that faith was expressed through love (Gal.5:6) and combined with the endurance of hope (1 Thess.1:3) but overall I think that it is a great emphasis and is the tone of the New Testament. The Christian life is a life of faith and if we don't stand firm in faith we just won't stand (Is.7:9). I tell people now that I preach faith not because I think life is meant to be easy but because I know that sometimes it can be very hard. So I am grateful to those who taught this, modelled it and encouraged it, and especially to those who still do.