Too Many Qualifications

In my experience, there are way too many “yes, grace, but…” qualifications to this risky truth [of grace-based salvation and living], and they usually end up offending grace and celebrating our response to God.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 16

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The Benefits of Salvation

Yet the ultimate benefit of our salvation is that we will be like God, and the whole creation will be renewed by the energies of the Spirit.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 205

The Church Lives in an Economy of Gratitude…

As a recipient of this covenantal exchange between the Father and the incarnate Son, the church lives in an economy of gratitude rather than either sacrifice or as an extension of Christ’s atoning work.  We are passive receivers of the gift of salvation, but we are thereby rendered active worshipers in a life of thanksgiving that is exhibited chiefly in loving service to our neighbors.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 195

Stop Adding to the Gospel and Become Content

My thesis in this book is that we must turn from the frantic search for “something more” to “something more sustainable.”  We need to stop adding something more of ourselves to the gospel.  We need to be content with the gospel as God’s power for salvation.  We also need to be content with his ordinary means of grace that, over time, yield a harvest of plenty for everyone to enjoy.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page125

Reverse This Flow and Nobody Wins

We never offer up our good works to God for salvation, but extend them to our neighbors for their good.  As a result, everyone benefits,  God, who needs nothing from us, receives all the glory; our neighbors receive gifts that God wants to give them through us; and we benefit both from the gift of others and the joy that our own giving brings.  Reverse this flow, and nobody wins.  God is not glorified, neighbors are not served, and we live frustrated, anxious joyless lives awaiting the wrath of a holy God.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 40-41

What It Means to be a Christian

What it means to be a Christian:  There is no forgiveness without repentance.  There is no salvation without surrender.  There is no life without death.  There is no believing without committing.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 34

“No Help Needed”

The house of salvation is not built by us, but by God, for us.  God hangs a sign outside of the construction zone of His kingdom that says “No Help Needed.”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 211