Performing the story of Jesus leads to an interpretive practice that challenges the predominant cultural trend. The story of Jesus is one of humiliation and exaltation, in that order. Hearing and doing the story of Jesus produces a style of life characterized by humility, service and love… The church should be the model for the right use of human freedom; the church should be the civilized society par excellence. The community of believers represents a prophetic counterculture that challenges the gods and myths of the day with regard to which world and life view best fulfills humanity. The church’s challenge will only be as strong as its expression of the biblical world and life view. Again, this is not only a matter of correct doctrine but also a matter of faithful biblical performance. The church must be the cultural
incarnation of the story of God in Christ.
Kevin Vanhoozer, First Theology: God, Scripture, & Hermeneutics, 333-334.