What Are Your Beliefs Based On?

Most of us assume that what we believe is right (of course we do – it is why we believe what we believe) but have never really studied for ourselves.  We were simply told, “This is the way it is,” and didn’t question.  The problem is much of what we believe is often based more on comfort or our culture’s tradition than on the Bible.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 29

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We Have a Cheap, Synthetic Power as a Substitute

We may as face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low.  We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher pleasure in the things of the Spirit is all but gone…[We] have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap, synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.

– A.W. Tozer

as quoted by – Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 27

This is Real Freedom

The difference between living for God and living for anything else is that when we live for anything else we do so to gain acceptance, but when we live for God we do so because we are already accepted.  Real freedom (the freedom that only the gospel grants) is living for something because we already have favor instead of living for something in order to gain favor.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 156

Its A Misguided Debate

Churches for years have struggled over whether their worship services ought to be geared toward Christians (to encourage and strengthen them) or non-Christians (to appeal to and win them).  But this debate and struggle over it are misguided.  We’re asking the wrong questions and making the wrong assumptions.  The truth is that our worship services should be geared to sinners in need of God’s rescue – and that includes both Christians and non-Christians.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 154-155

Its Just as Much for Christians as it is Non-Christians

The story of Jonah shows us that this gospel of the cross – the good news that God relentlessly pursues sinners in order to rescue them – is just as much for Christians as it is for non-Christians.  Jonah’s life proves this, because Jonah, who knows God, obviously needs divine deliverance as much as anyone else in the story.  In fact, his need for rescue gets far more emphasis than anyone else’s.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 154

God Does Not Just Rescue Us From Our Sin…

In redeeming us, God doesn’t simply rescue us from our sin; he also rescues us to do something – to develop the world around us to the glory of God.  Therefore, when God saves us, we no longer have to settle for creating our own transitory meaning. 

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 152