Christianity Does Not Mean Becoming Stronger and More Competent

So Christian growth does not involved becoming stronger, more and more competent every day.  It involves becoming more and more aware how weak and incompetent we are and how strong and competent Jesus was and continues to be for us.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location

We Stand in Constant Need

So even after we become Christians, our thoughts words, motives, deeds and affections need the constant cleansing of Christ’s blood and the forgiveness that comes our way for free.  While it is gloriously true that there is nowhere in your life the Spirit has not infiltrated, it is equally true that there is no part of any Christian in this life that is free of sin

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2573

Total Depravity Means Totally Unable

We do not come into this world the spiritually neutral, in other words; we are born with an inheritance of Adam’s sin – that is, a death sentence.  We therefore need much more than to reach out from our spiritual hospital bed to take the medicine that God offers.  In this case, total depravity means we are totally unable to approach God on our own power.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2543

Totally Is Not Utterly

Total depravity does not mean “utter depravity.”  Utter depravity describes someone who is as bad as he or she can possibly be.  Thankfully, God’s restraining grace keeps even the worst of us from being utterly depraved.  Even the most detestable villians of human history never could have been worse.  So don’t read utter depravity into total depravity.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2543

You Might Need a Life Coach

If you are simply looking for moral reformation (improved behavior), you might need a life coach, a cheerleading section, or a really good friend, but not a Savior.  But if you require moral resurrection, you’re going to need something beyond yourself,  Someone who will raise dead people to life, give sight to the blind, and set the captives free.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2529

This Is No Coincidence

Again, sinners love and value grace simply because they know they need it!  The self-righteous good man who is impressed with himself is the one who chafes against God’s free gift.  This is no coincidence.  Those who think they are “good” are, in fact, the ones most in need of grace – and the most opposed to it.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2529

The Implications of the Church’s Failure

The church’s failure to extend God’s one-way love to its members has resulted in the burnout and hypocrisy that characterizes far too much of American Christianity, not to mention its perception from the outside as a vehicle of control and judgment.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2472