“Merely imitating Christ’s example is different from being united to Christ through faith, bearing the fruit of his resurrection life. It is the creed that gives rise to praise and therefore to informed and heartfelt love, service, and witness to our neighbors in the world. Doctrine severed from practice is dead; practice severed from doctrine is just another form of self-salvation and self-improvement.”
Horton, Michael. Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on The Way.