Even the Christian Needs God’s Law Applied to Their Life Completely, Consistently and Continually

Q. “Since no one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly, why does God want them preached so pointedly?”

A.:  First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness.  Second, so that we may never stop striving and never stop praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to be renewed more and more after God’s image until after this life we reach our goal: perfection.”

– Heidelberg Catechism

Even in the Christian life we need this first use of the law to drive us out of ourselves to cling to our Savior.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 43-44

What Is Your Only Comfort in Life and in Death?

Q.  What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A.   That I am not my own, but belong, body and soul in life and death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.  He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.  He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven;  In fact, all things must work together for my salvation.  Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Heidelberg Catechism

as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 41

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

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

Do You Know How to Live in the Spirit?

Paul reminds these followers in Galatia who had stopped living in the Spirit’s power and had started to depend on themselves how foolish that is, and then he makes it clear what they need to do (Galatians 5:25).

The picture is of someone walking, and every step they take in the Spirit.  You can’t live by the Spirit if you only acknowledge his presence one day a week when you come to church.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 95

That’s Not the Question

When you become a Christian you receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit.  That’s his promise to all who put their faith in him.  So it’s not a question of whether or not you have access to this power of the Holy Spirit; the question is, have you accessed it?  Fans may have received the gift of the Holy Spirit but they aren’t being filled with the Holy Spirit.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 92