Are We to Pretend We Are Happy and Fake Joy?

When we feel neglected, taken advantage of, and taken for granted, we can fall prey to grumbling. The Bible is clear that grumbling is a sin, but how do we stop grumbling? Do we just stuff our frustration, pretend we are happy, and fake joy? No. Instead, we must stop looking to people for appreciation and start looking to Jesus.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 57

Exchange Grumbling for Prayer

What if you’d exchanged grumbling for praying? By praying, we talk to God rather than gossip to others, we invite God help us, to protect our hearts from bitterness and anger, and to change not only our circumstances externally but also our hearts internally. If you’re not already, start praying for others today.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 59

Knowing God appreciates us allows us to exchange our performance for service. Performance is done for the site and approval of others. Service is done knowing that God is watching and approving whether or not anyone else is. Performance causes us to be enslaved to others’ opinions, unable to say no, and prone to being overworked. Service frees us to do what God wants, thereby saying no as needed.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 61

Why Some Pray Differently and Frequently

Those who know that God appreciates them, pray frequently and differently. They pray frequently because they are aware of God’s work in the lives of others, giving them more to pray about. And they pray differently because they are focused on others and their needs, giving thanks for the work of God’s people instead of focusing on themselves. This explains why roughly half of Ephesians is composed of prayer

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 62

What Christians Are to Do…

Imagining God involves thinking with our heads, feeling with our hearts, and doing with our hands. We’re to think God’s thoughts and agree with his truth is revealed in Scripture. We’re to feel God’s feelings, such as hating injustice and oppression, loving people, greeting sends devastating effects, and rejoicing in redemption. We’re to join God’s work using our hands to serve others, Christian and non-, with acts of compassion and generosity. When reflects something of gods with our heads hearts and hands out of love from him and others, we do what we are created for this is joyful for us, helpful for others, and worshipful towards God.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 3

We Are to be a Light Set Upon a Hill

Because Christ is Lord, there is a church in exile, receiving everything from heaven, and on earth witnessing to, loving and serving their neighbors.  For a new reformation in the church and renewed witness in the world, we need not only to re-arm ourselves with drama and the doctrine, but  allow the greatest story ever told to shape us into a cross-cultural community – a light set upon a hill.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 264

To What, In Heaven’s Name is Christian Dogma Relevant?

But if Christian dogma is irrelevant to life, to what, in Heaven’s name, is it relevant? – since religious dogma is in fact nothing but a statement of doctrines concerning the nature of life and the universe.  If Christian ministers really believe it is only an intellectual game for theologians and has no bearing on human life, it is no wonder that their congregations are ignorant, bored and bewildered.

Dorothy Sayers

as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 263

The Church is not to Adapt Christ to Men but Men to Christ

Let us, in Heaven’s name, drag out the Divine Drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it, and set it on an open stage to startle the world into some sort of vigorous reaction.  If the pious are the first to be shocked, so much the worse for the pious – others will pass into the Kingdom of Heaven before them.  If all men are offended because of Christ, let them be offended; but where is the sense of their being offended at something that is not Christ and is nothing like Him?  We do Him singularly little honor by watering down His Personality till it could not offend a fly.  Surely it is not the business of the Church to adapt Christ to men, but to adapt men to Christ.

It  is the dogma that is the drama – not beautiful phrases, nor comforting sentiments, nor vague aspirations to loving-kindness and moral uplift,nor the promise of something nice after death – but the terrifying assertion that the same God who made the world lived in the world and passed through the grave and gate of death.  Show that to the heathen, and they may not believe it; but at least they may realize that here is something that one might be glad to believe.

– Dorothy Sayers

as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 252-253

It Is Time Once Again to Love God With Our Minds

The greatest  threat to Christianity is never vigorous intellectual criticism but a creeping senility that transform truths into feelings, public claims into private experiences, and facts into mere values.  Christianity is either true or false, ut it is not irrational.  If its claims are not objectively true, then they are not subjectively useful.  If our only reason for believing Jesus is alive is that “he lives within my heart,” then, as Paul said, “our preaching is in vain and your faith in in vain.”  “We are even found to be misrepresenting God because we testified about God that he raised Christ…And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins…. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (I Corinthians 15:14-19).  We must recover our distinctively biblical commitment to rigorous, inquisitive, and persuasive thinking before there can be a genuine renewal of Christian conviction, faith, repentance and discipleship.  It is time once  again to love God with our minds.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 262

It Is the Same Spirit Who Engenders Within Us the Longing Cry for Christ’s Return

Christ’s bodily absence in this time between his two advents is neither unproductive nor indefinite.  He is right now doing something in heaven that is more important than anything that the church could conceive or do by its own clever machinations.  And he has sent his Spirit to communicate the riches of his reign to a world in bondage to sin and death.  It is that same Spirit who engenders within us the longing cry for Christ’s return.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 257