Our Problem is a Basic Discontent with the Word of God

The gospel keeps our eyes fixed on Christ, while the law tells us how to run the race.  But our tendency is always to add our own doctrines to the gospel and our own commands and expectations to God’s revealed Word.  No longer content with the gospel and the commands of Scripture, we begin to look for something more.  All the problems that I have described up to this point – and many others besides – result from a basic discontent with God’s Word.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 125

If We Fail to Mature, This is a Real Danger…

To be young is to be restless.  Yet as we mature, we learn God’s Word and importantly, as noted above – “powers of discernment trained by constant practice.”  Growth involves leaving behind this restless spirit, learning disciplines that lead to maturity in the faith.  If we fail to mature, apostasy is a real danger (Hebrew 6:1-12).

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 50

Fill Your Mind with God’s Eye

Ask God to show you Christ in all his glory and beauty so that your soul drinks deeply of him.  Meditate on him and fill yourself with him.  Fill your mind with God’s Word and with the writings of godly men and women who exalt Christ and point you to him as your only hope.  Reading the Bible and other great literature won’t guarantee your ability to rest in Christ; you will still need a fresh act of the Holy Spirit to make you able and willing to read good books, and you will need his work to open up your eyes to understand.  But if you come to believe that you are completely dependent on him for all things you will find yourself praying more and more, talking to God constantly, and asking him to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 226

God’s Word Goes Out from Him by His Spirit

In both the work of creation (in Genesis 1) and the work of salvation or re-creation (in the Gospels), God’s Word goes out from Him by his Spirit.  The Father speaks, and on His breath this Word is heard. It all reveals what this God is truly like. The Spirit is the one through whom the Father loves, blesses and empowers his Son.  The Son goes out from the Father by the Spirit. Hence Jesus is known as “the anointed one” (“the Messiah” in Hebrew, “the Christ” in Greek), for He is the one supremely anointed with the Spirit. As kings and priests, even prophets, were anointed and consecrated to their tasks with well in the Old Testament, Jesus is anointed with the spirit. Indeed, the terms Son and Anointed One are sometimes almost synonymous (in, for example, Psalm 2).

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 30

And That is Good News Indeed

Announced by his Word and sealed in his table fellowship “in the  midst of us,” this Good News, “Peace be with you!” wells up within us as a message to be proclaimed to others. “Gathered together in one place,” – we are on this side of Pentecost – are also scattered after the benediction out into the world as his witnesses to all that has been done.  “The Lord is risen!” “He is risen indeed!”  We are his people and he is our place, and that is Good News indeed.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 242-243

This Is Not a Subjective Experience

Each week, as I join my brothers and sisters in a public confession of sin and our particular sins to God in silence, Christ’s ambassador declares that I am forgiven in Christ’s name and on the authority of His Word.  Regardless of what I feel inside, God’s external Word assures me that I have peace with God in His Son.  This is not a subjective experience – a peaceful, easy feeling – but an objective announcement.  And precisely because of its objectivity – the fact that it is announced to me even when I am not overwhelmed by it emotionally – I get the experience of forgiveness thrown in as well.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page  224

Each Week, We Are Transformed

When God assembles us to receive his gifts each week, making us his own people, we are transformed.  There is a time to work and a time to rest; a time to give and a time to receive.  Only when we are saturated with God’s Word on God’s Day does every day become different.  Only then do we have something to give to those in need.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 218