The Gospel Comes Not to Help Us Get Our Act Together

We are not sick, but spiritually dead.  We are not good people with room for improvement, but ungodly.  We are not children who need a little direction, but lost.  The gospel comes not to help us get our act together, fixing us up for a night on the town, making us ore respectable to ourselves or to others.  Rather, it comes to kill us and make us alive as completely new creatures.  Not a new and improved self, but a self buried and raised with Christ, is the gospel’s message of genuine transformation.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 76

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