One of the greatest injustices we do to our young people is to ask them to be conservative. Christianity is not conservative, but revolutionary. To be conservative today is to miss the whole point, for conservation means standing in the flow of the status quo, and the status quo no longer belongs to us…
If we want to be fair, we must teach the young to be revolutionaries, revolutionaries against the status quo.
Francis Shaeffer quoted in Steve Ogne & Tim Roehl, TransforMissional Coaching: Empowering Leaders in a Changing Ministry World (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2008), 17.
The Gospel doesn’t just ignite the Christian life, it’s the fuel that keeps Christians going and growing every day. Once God saves us He doesn’t move us beyond the Gospel, He moves us more deeply into the Gospel.
Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything Sermon
God wants us to do more than intellectually agree with the words of Scripture: He wants us to live in light of them.
Francis Chan, Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We’ve Made Up (Colorado Springs: David Cook, 2011), 124.
Christian living is supernatural or it is nothing.
We may as well think to see without eyes or live without breath as to live in the spirit of [Christianity] without the spirit of humility.
We need to get it into our heads & hearts that growth in the Christian life is simply growth in seeing that the gospel is true.
“Churchgoers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them. They claim that God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death, and serve the church. Christians talk about being born again say that they they were dead but now have come to life. We have become hardened to those words, but they are powerful words that have significant meaning. Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, out sanity, or even worse, our God. And can you blame them?”
– Francis Chan, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2009), 32-33.
(A friend of mine named Aaron Gray originally posted this quote and it came up with Connie in a recent conversation. It’s one of my favorite illustrations of why Christianity is not a religion. In fact, one of the charges brought against Christians, by the Romans, was atheism! Anywho, I thought this was far too awesome of a quote not to share here also. Hope you enjoy!)
“In a sermon Dick Lucas once preached, he recounted an imaginary conversation between an early Christian and her neighbor in Rome.
“Ah,” the neighbor says. “I hear you are religious! Great! Religion is a good thing. Where is your temple or holy place?”
“We don’t have a temple,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our temple.”
“No temple? But where do your priests work and do their ritual?”
“We don’t have priests to mediate the presence of God,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our priest.”
“No priests? But where do you offer your sacrifices to acquire the favor of your God?”
“We don’t need a sacrifice,” replies the Christian. “Jesus is our sacrifice.”
“What kind of religion is this?” sputters the pagan neighbor.
And the answer is, it’s no kind of religion at all.”
—Tim Keller, King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, p. 48.