Where Are They?

There are no first-class Christians who have attained victory over all known sin and the curse that is common to humanity since the fall.  Nor are there carnal Christians who are forgiven but devoid of the Spirit and his sanctifying power.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 204

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Scripture Has No Other Concept of Christian

Some churches fall short of this biblical vision [of supernatural community] because they are allergic to any kind of formality – and don’t have membership at all.  Other churches have membership but don’t manage it carefully.  Theirs is not meaningful membership, and thus they do not call Christians to commitment that is in any way significant.  And still other churches attempt the coexistence of meaningful membership with a consumer-focused “selling” of the benefits of church commitment.  in contrast to these shortcomings, we must call Christians to real discipleship of Christ: discipleship that involves significant, self conscious commitment to the local church.  Scripture has no other concept of Christian.

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 61

It Is The Holy Spirit Who Renovates and Tends the Garden

It is the Holy Spirit who renovates and who tends the garden – both within us and between us and the other branches – ensuring that we bear the fruit of the Spirit: patience, love, burden-bearing, self-control and other attributes appropriate to the “already-not yet” tension of our lives here and now.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 204

This is True Freedom

The gospel makes us extrospective, turning our gaze upward to God in faith and outward to  our neighbor in love.  This is true freedom – freedom from sin’s guilt and tyranny, so that we can actually love people as gifts instead of debts.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 198

In an Economy of Grace…

In an economy of grace, there is enough to go around.  The Father’s love and generosity are not scarce,  His table is brimming with luxurious fare.  That is why we invite those who cannot repay us.  After all, it is not our table, but his.  It is Christ who speaks to us today in the words of the prophet (Isaiah 55:1-2)

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 197

The Church Lives in an Economy of Gratitude…

As a recipient of this covenantal exchange between the Father and the incarnate Son, the church lives in an economy of gratitude rather than either sacrifice or as an extension of Christ’s atoning work.  We are passive receivers of the gift of salvation, but we are thereby rendered active worshipers in a life of thanksgiving that is exhibited chiefly in loving service to our neighbors.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 195