Why Church History Matters chapter 6
Rea convicts and encourages the reader to embrace accountability through our brother and sisters of the faith. Rea not only writes about having accountability with the Christians around you but accountability with Christians who have lived before you. We do this because we are not a group of separate individuals, but a unifying group of one body who shares in thoughts, actions, and beliefs. Through our pursuit of our relationship and community with all our brothers and sisters of the faith we see an absolute truth, grow in grace, and gain a greater love for God.
As Christians, we should not neglect those who had lived before us because they have walked harder roads and succeeded or failed. By studying them we can see their mistakes and successes and learn from it. When we don’t study and interact with Christians and their beliefs and lives before us, churches and Christians begin to depend on themselves for their own knowledge and truth about the Bible. This is very dangerous to our view of God and our doctrines. Also, when we fully depend on ourselves to come up with our own views, we tend to only look to those with our same views. This not only enables us to think what we want to think, but distances ourselves from those who could help us grow in our views and strengthen our views. As Christians, we should not isolate ourselves, but embrace those around and before us for accountability for our sins, beliefs, and view of God. We learn and grow through conversation with others, not with a conversation with ourselves.