At the end of 2014, a group of four men covenanted with one another to dedicate 2015 as a year of Christian virtue. We agreed to take turns each month selecting a virtue, which we would then seek to live out during that month. Our commitment is to spend some time each day thinking, praying, reading, and/or writing about that month’s virtue and to seek to embody it in our life. We further agreed to use our weekly breakfast fellowship as a time to share our experiences and to encourage one another.
Early in the month two additional men who are not members of our breakfast fellowship were added to our “experiment” in Christian virtue. To maintain some sense of unity of purpose to our undertaking, this team blog has been initiated to provide a common platform to share our stories.
Although we all have very different backgrounds, we share a common love of God and seek to be intentional followers of Jesus Christ. We believe deeply in two foundational principles of what it means to follow Jesus. Firstly, we are saved by grace through faith, and can do nothing without the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit – and in this sense we receive Christian virtues, such as the fruit of the Spirit, as a gift from God. Secondly, though, we are free moral agents who demonstrate the inward reality of our salvation by the way we live out our lives. We believe we are to obey Jesus’ commands and Paul’s teaching on holy living – and it this sense we must and can exert efforts to embody Christian virtues.
That said, we are mindful of the trap of self-righteousness and the snare of pride. For that reason we embark on this journey with a prayer to our Lord that whatever we do, we will do it all for the glory of God.