Some churches fall short of this biblical vision [of supernatural community] because they are allergic to any kind of formality – and don’t have membership at all. Other churches have membership but don’t manage it carefully. Theirs is not meaningful membership, and thus they do not call Christians to commitment that is in any way significant. And still other churches attempt the coexistence of meaningful membership with a consumer-focused “selling” of the benefits of church commitment. in contrast to these shortcomings, we must call Christians to real discipleship of Christ: discipleship that involves significant, self conscious commitment to the local church. Scripture has no other concept of Christian.
– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 61
There is, to be sure, a theological illusion abroad…which conveys the impression that, with the Holy Scriptures in hand, one can independently construct theology…This illusion is a denial of the historic and organic character of theology, and for this reason is inwardly untrue. No theologian following the direction of his own compass would ever have found by himself what he now confesses and defends on the ground of Holy Scripture. By far the largest part of his results is adopted by him from theological tradition, and even the proofs he cites from Scripture, at least as a rule, have not been discovered by himself, but have been suggested to him by his predecessors.
– Abraham Kuyper
as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 71
It is with this confidence that we can embrace the exhortations in Scripture to press on, to grow in knowledge and maturity, to keep up with the Spirit rather than grieve him, and to offer our bodies to righteousness and put to death the deeds of our sinful nature. Instead of mounting up to heaven in self-righteousness ambition, we reach out to those who are right under our nose each day who need something that we have to offer. Christ is our rock. And when we fall off, we get back on that rock, secure in the identity that he has given us, and we keep striving to distribute his loving gifts to others.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 42
The point of the law was for people to deal truthfully with one another, treating others with honor and respect. These religious leaders may have been keeping the letter of the law, but they were missing the spirit of it. They were technically obeying the commands of Scripture but they were missing the point of those commands.
– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 78
Truly believing the gospel produces in us a concern for the poor, a love of Scripture, a desire to be in authentic community, a love for holiness, and everything else that is part of the Christian life. Those behaviors are the results of (or, fruits of) faith in the gospel. Believing precedes right behaving.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page
It is a radical and almost frightening thought to see that God is actually as much at work in our worst moments of sin and defeat as he is in our best moments of shining obedience. Far from leading us further into sin, this concept draws us into deeper dependence on the promises and the power of God. If he who started a good work in us has promised to complete it, then we are safe. If Scripture shows us a God who is absolutely sovereign over the sins of all people, even those of his own children, then we may be comforted.
– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 18
Your father is perfect, loving, gracious, merciful, patient, holy, helpful, and generous. The more you get to know him through Scripture, prayer, song, service, and time with your brothers and sisters in Christ, the more you’ll come to love and enjoy. Your desires will change from sin to holiness, and you will increasingly want to be like your Dad. You will love what he loves and hate what he hates.
– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 180