Is Life Transformation the Church’s Purpose?

The proper preaching of God’s demands will first of all drive us to despair rather than encourage us in our attempt to ascend to glory.  We are frequently told that the church is in the business of “life transformation”.  However, both the problem and God’s solution are greater than we ever imagined.  God does not come to improve our life, but to end it;  not to transform the “old Adam”, but to kill it and raise us together with Christ in newness of life.  Our transformed life will never be transformed enough to pass through God’s judgment safely, but “salvation is from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9)

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 60


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