“No Help Needed”

The house of salvation is not built by us, but by God, for us.  God hangs a sign outside of the construction zone of His kingdom that says “No Help Needed.”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 211

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What the World Should Say…

God’s name will be magnified forever because of what God did on earth.  The world is not supposed to look at Christians and primarily say, “Wow, what great and impressive things they have done for God,” but “Wow, what great things God has done for them.”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 209

What Does a Gospel-Centered Approach to the Brokenness of the World Look Like?

What does a gospel-centered approach to the brokenness of the world look like?

This is an important question to ask, because if we get it wrong, we’ll either waste our lives in meaningless pursuits because we don’t think we need to do anything for God; or we’ll burn ourselves out carrying a load Jesus never intended us to carrying a load Jesus never intended us to carry.  But if we get it right, we will have the joy of leveraging our lives for Jesus as He leveraged His for us.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 205

Gospel Work or Gospel Rest?

The gospel teaches us that our approval by God is not based on doing “enough” for Him.  Some might conclude then, that we have no obligations to the world.  The gospel isn’t about work, after all; it’s about resting in God’s work on your behalf.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 205

The More We Taste the Gospel…

The more we taste of the gospel, the more we love it.  And the more we learn to love the things of God, the more time we’ll spend time doing those things, less by discipline and more by desire.  We enter into a self-reproducing cycle of life.  We are sowing to the Spirit. and from the Spirit reaping life everlasting.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 202

Spiritual Disciplines, Unanchored, Lead to Pride and Independence from God

Spiritual disciplines apart from thorough gospel theology will lead to pride and independence from God every single time… If you understand the gospel, you can practice the spiritual disciplines as God intends.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 201