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

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What We Simply Need from Our Pastors…

And we need a communion of saints he has chosen and redeemed with us and for us.  We need ordinary believers of every generation, race and socioeconomic background to whom we’re united by baptism to one Lord and one faith by one Spirit.  We simply need ordinary pastors to deliver the word of life and its sacraments faithfully, elders to guide us to maturity and deacons to help keep the temporal gifts circulating in the body.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 165

So What Does It Mean to be Content with God’s Provision?

So what does it mean to be content with God’s provision?  It means that when you and I are safely hidden with Christ in God through faith in his gospel, we are opened up to the others around us – first fellow saints, and then our other neighbors.  Instead of being threats, they are fellow guests of God at his table.  No longer competitors for commodities in a world of scare resources, they are cosharers with us in the circulation of gifts that flows outward from its source without running out.  After all, that source is the triune God: from the father, in the Son, by the Spirit.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page135

Saving Faith is not the Enemy of Good Works

The Spirit creates faith through the gospel and saving faith bears the fruit of love and good works.  We are united to Christ for justification and renewal.  There must be distinguished, but never separated.  Saving faith is not the enemy of good works, but their only possible source.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 40

Frenetic Activism vs. Faithful Activity

The call to action, to have an active faith, is well-supported in Scripture.  “Ordinary” does not mean passive.  All believers should live out what they believe, should practice what they preach.  But misguided or chaotic activism makes us sloppy.  The real question is: What kind of action?  Why – and to what end?  There is a difference between frenetic activism and faithful activity in the daily struggles and joys of life.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 38