~ Brian Rice, Conversations, Volume One
It is so much easier to learn about Christ and do work for him than it is to be changed by him. It's easier to answer the questions in a Bible Study than it is to honestly ask God how the text needs to change your life.
This is the kind of learning we are looking for in our community here. Ironically, we haven't had much Christian community in the last 2 years of working as missionaries. We've tried small groups, and besides them ending at 11:30 at night (which doesn't not work for Coen OR us...) they just always stuck to the "knowledge" part of being a Christian and never went deeper to the transformative part.
Thankfully, this prayer has been answered! We are starting a small group with 2 other couples, with the specific goal of being authentic and vulnerable, leading to actual transformation and not just staying comfortably on the surface level. I can't tell you how much we need this and how thankful we are that it is finally happening!