He Said….What Are We Saying?

It might not be too much of an overstatement to say that if Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor and release to the captives, to restore sight to the blind and give freedom to the oppressed, then Christianity has come to stand for – and in practice promulgate – the exact opposite of what its founder intended (Luke 4:18-19).

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 83

Believe It or Not, Christianity is Not About Good People Getting Better…

Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better.  If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.  The heart of the Christian faith is Good news, not good advice, good technique, or good behavior.  Too many people have walked away from the church, not because they’re walking away from Jesus, but because the church has walked away from Jesus.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 56

It is Not Our Sacrifice(s) That Secured Our Eternal Future!

The unintended consequence of this push, however, is that if we’re not careful, we can give people the impression that Christianity is first and foremost about the sacrifice we make for Jesus rather than the sacrifice Jesus made for us; our performance for him rather than his performance for us; our obedience for him rather than his obedience for us.  The hub of Christianity is not “do something for Jesus.”  The hub of Christianity is “Jesus has done everything for you.”

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 55-56

It Always Comes at a Cost

When we worship at the altar of performance – and make no mistake, performance-ism is a form of worship – we spend our lives frantically propping up our image or reputations, trying to do it all – and at a cost to ourselves and those we love.

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

Is It Any Wonder We’re All So Tired?

The fact is, real life is long on law and short on grace – the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and the fears set in.  Life requires many things from us – a successful career, a stable marriage, well-behaved and emotionally adjusted children, a certain quality of life.  When life gets hard, the hardworking work harder.  Is it any wonder we’re all so tired?

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 145

Why Did Jesus Come?

For Jesus came to raise the dead.  He did not come to reward the rewardable, improve the improvable, or correct the correctable; he came simply to be the resurrection and the life of those who will take their stand on a death he can use instead of on a life he cannot.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 184

God is Not Waiting on You to Save Yourself

The good news of the gospel is not some gnostic encouragement to view your suffering in the right way, or understand the theology of the cross more deeply.  No, the good news is that God is hanging on to you.  He’s not waiting for you to save yourself or mature into someone who no longer needs Him.  He will not let you go, come what may.  Jesus will never, ever leave you or forsake you.  Nothing you can do or not do can separate you from the love of Christ.  IN fact, the only thing God needs from you is the only thing you may ultimately have to offer Him: your death.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 182