Appreciating Our Own Specific Call to Love and Serve

Once we recover a greater sense of God’s ordinary vocation as the site of his faithfulness, we will begin to appreciate our own calling to love and serve others in his name everyday ways that make a real difference in people’s lives.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 142

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Our Love…When Unhinged from its Proper Object…

Unhinged from its proper object – God’s glory and our neighbor’s good – our love becomes self-focused; our holy passions become vicious, driving us away from God’s approaching steps and away from each other.  We’re not living in the real world, the creation that God called into being and sustains by the word of his power; but in a make-believe world.  We are living as though God and our neighbors were made for us.  In other words, we are living unnatural lives – living as if we were or could become someone other than the true image of God, created to love God and each other.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 88

They Cannot Replace Preaching

Our generosity, joy, love and miraculous power only put on display the glorious gospel we proclaim with our words.  They cannot replace preaching.  Signs are only good if it is clear what they are signifying.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 233

I John’s Portrait of a Christian

For John (I John 4:19-21), love between believers isn’t a sign of maturity; its a sign of saving faith.  If people’s church involvement is motivated entirely out of what’s in it for them, where do they fit in I John’s portrait of a Christian?

– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 52