Apart from Grace, We Can’t Come To Terms With Our Mortal Wound

Apart from God’s grace, we cannot come to terms sufficiently with our mortal wound or enter into the genuine revelry and mirth of God’s kingdom.  Denying our sin (not just sins, but our sinful condition), we’re too silly for a funeral; finding the gospel foolish, we are too timid for a real celebration.  “Repent, and believe the Good News”; this command forms the two aspects of conversion: repentance toward sin and faith toward God.  After the funeral there is dancing.  In repentance, we say no to idols, powers, rulers and lies of this present evil age and in faith we say yes to Christ, “in whom all of God’s promises are ‘Yes!’ and ‘Amen!’ (II Corinthians 1:20)

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 117-118

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God’s Story is Not a Subplot of Ours

God’s story is no longer a subplot of ours, but is the headline that captures our attention.  Perfect strangers are aroused by their shared hearing of the Good News to embrace each other in a communion that is deeper than any natural community, even one’s own family

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 117

Repentance Means I Give Up My Script

Repentance means I give up my script; I stop pretending that I can write the story of my life.  Through faith in Christ, I become a character in God’s story, part of the new creation.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 116-117

The Salvation that God Promises in Christ Requires My Death

The salvation that God promises in Christ requires my death.  Here I am, cheerfully going about my daily affairs, picking and choosing the roes I would like to play from the advertisements, movies and “put-together” people I admire around me.  I may even find a role for Jesus, although who am I to say that others are wrong for finding someone or something else more helpful for achieving their goals in life?  Then along comes the law, nailing me, telling me who I really am, telling me how this Character I have written for myself is doomed.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 116

Like a Cross Worn Around the Neck, Christ has Become an Accessory

Like a cross that is worn around one’s neck, Christ has become an accessory.  Rather than being commanded at gunpoint to deny Christ, we are led by the devil into the wilderness of consumerism, shopping for identities.  Far from being harried and harassed, we are shown the kingdoms of this world that can be ours if we will only turn away from Golgotha.  We don’t have to become atheists.  We do not even have to renounce Jesus Christ.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 115

Gabriel Did Not Ask Mary How God Could Be a Bigger Part of Her Life

The angel Gabriel did not come to Mary in order to ask how God could be a bigger part of her life, but to announce that he had a big part for her in his play.  Nowhere does the text say that she is worthy, but the angel announces that God her shown her his gracious favor (Luke 1:28).

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 112

A Crisis Deeper With Deeper Problems than a Bad Hair Day

When God breaks in upon us through his Word, we are confronted with a series of contradictions.  We learn that we ado not even know the meaning of our daily lives or modern culture, or human identity and flourishing until God interprets us, our lives together, and our history in the light of his actions.  We do not know what we really need until God’s confrontation provokes a crisis that faces us with deeper problems than hair days.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 112