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

A Case Why Faith in Jesus is Necessary

In Romans, Paul lays out a case why faith in Jesus is necessary for salvation, how people have to hear about Jesus in order to put faith in Him, and how we are the only ones they can hear it from.  In Romans 2:12, Paul explains even those people who haven’t heard about God must answer to Him, because God has revealed Himself sufficiently to them through their consciences and the splendor of the creation.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 145

We Must Try and Fail So as to not be Deluded

If we don’t try hard and still fail, we might delude ourselves into thinking that we could obey God if we chose to make the effort.  Yet when we try hard and fail, and try hard and fail again, we truly learn to ascribe our entire salvation to the work of Christ alone.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 144

The Acceptance Letter Has Arrived

The Gospel alone liberates us to live a life of scandalous generosity, unrestrained sacrifice, uncommon valor and unbounded courage.

This is the difference between approaching all of life from salvation and approaching all of life for salvation; it’s the difference between approaching life from our acceptance, and not for our acceptance; from love and not for love.  The acceptance letter has arrived, and it cannot be rescinded, thank God.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2137