Blurring the Distinction between Saving Grace and Common Grace

In addition to collapsing Christ and his work into the church and its labors, as well as collapsing the age to come into this present age, the transformational emphasis can blur the distinction between saving grace and common grace.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 161

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It Is the Lord’s to Give and to Take Away

Contentment is the virtue that contrasts with restlessness, ambition, avarice.  It means realizing, once again, that we are not our own – as pastors or parishoners, parents or children, employers or employees.  It is the Lord’s to give and to take away.  He is building his church.  It is his ministry that is saving and building up his body.  even our common callings in the world are not really our own, but they are God’s work of supplying others – including ourselves – with what the whole society needs.  There is a lot of work to be done, but it is his work that he is doing through us in daily and mostly ordinary ways.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 150-151

The Challenge of Church Unity

After all, the cult of the Next Big Thing is always the assertion of a new generation of emerging adults.  Movements are largely youth-driven, whereas institutions are usually run by elders.  The challenge, especially in the church where we are drawn together in Christ from different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and generations, is to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 69

We Do Not Need More

In church today, we do not need more conferences, more programs, and more celebrities.  We need more churches where the Spirit is immersing sinners into Christ day by day, a living communion of the saints where we cannot simply jump to our favorite chapter or Google our momentary interest.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 34

Four Things in the Book of Acts About the Church that Amazed the Community

There are at least four things we find in the book of Acts about the church that “amazed” the community.  Each of these put the gospel on display.  Each of these will be present in a gospel-centered congregation.

  1. Love and unity in the church
  2. Generosity
  3. Joy in the midst of persecution
  4. Miraculous answer to prayer

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 229-