The Bible Is God’s Story About Flawed Human Beings

While the Bible tells the story of flawed human beings, it also tells the story of  how God used those flawed humans beings in exceptional ways.  The bad new is that sinful human beings are … well sinful and human.  The good news is that human beings sometimes do things beyond what one might expect (II Corinthians 4:7, 9-10)

– Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel, copyright 2004, Howard Books, page 125

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It Is Very Dangerous

It is very dangerous to worship at any altar other than God’s, and when we do, the inevitable result is a major loss of the freedom God would give his people.

– Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel, copyright 2004, Howard Books, page 119

What Should Be The Material of Our Witness

We hear a lot of talk in the church about the importance of our witness to the world.  Our witness is important – but God does not call us to witness about our goodness or that we have it all together.  We are to witness regarding the freedom and joy we have found in Christ.

– Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel, copyright 2004, Howard Books, page

What the Church Ought to Be

The church should be a place where we can say anything and know we won’t be kicked out, where we can confess our sins knowing others will help us, where we can disagree and still be friends.  It ought to be the one place in the world where we don’t have to wear masks.  And, should that happen, the world – where phoniness is the standard – will flock to our doors.  Why?

Because freedom, genuine freedom, is an attractive commodity.

– Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel, copyright 2004, Howard Books, page 113