It Points to Something Deeper

When commitment in a local church transcends the benefits we receive from it, it points to something deeper.

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 53

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What Truly Believing the Gospel Produces in Us

Truly believing the gospel produces in us a concern for the poor, a love of Scripture, a desire to be in authentic community, a love for holiness, and everything else that is part of the Christian life.  Those behaviors are the results of (or, fruits of) faith in the gospel.  Believing precedes right behaving.

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

We Go Desparately Wrong

“Lovelessness,” “apathy,” and “habitual sin” are diagnoses of spiritual death.  We go desperately wrong, however, when we think we can fix those things by correcting our behavior.  Faith in the gospel is always God’s prognosis.

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

Love for God

Love for God, Scripture says, flows  from His love for us (I John 4:19).  The only way that love for God and others grows in us is through faith in the story of God’s great love for us – the gospel.

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

The Treasure Worth Leaving Everything For

Jesus is the treasure worth leaving everything for.  Knowing Him will turn sacrifice into sweetness and duty into delight.  Even when your commitment to Him leads you to a cross, He will be a treasure that shrouds that cross in joy.

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