Most preaching and Christian teaching today leads us to expect to sin. Jim contrasts this typical understanding of preaching with a New Covenant/New Heart approach that views preaching as a means of affirming and releasing [with the help of the Spirit] the new-hearted desires, appetites, and tendencies that now reside in the Christian's heart.
New Covenant preaching expects that there is a new-hearted goodness that is awaiting nourishment and release [through community and the Spirit] - a goodness that will grow stronger than any fleshly appetites.
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BETTER QUESTIONS FOR RELATING TO ONE ANOTHER:
The Church needs to replace the question, "How can I hold this person 'accountable'" with
"Father, how can I celebrate the new goodness you've placed in his/her heart [at conversion], and look for its evidence?"
"What is it that's more noble in this person than the surface behavior I see? More noble than the fear? More noble than the brokenness? More noble than the self-protective posture?