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

Fan or Follower?

Fans often confuse admiration for devotion.  They mistake their knowledge of Jesus for intimacy with Jesus.  Fans assume their good intentions make up for their apathetic faith.  Maybe you’ve already decided you’re a follow and not a Fan; well, I hope you keep reading, because, one of the core symptoms of “fandom” is that fans almost always consider themselves to be followers.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 28

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