Theology in Sound Bites – 8
There is so much confusion in our Christian life, what it means to live it, what does it look like. If one studies it one will hear terms like Justification, Sanctification, Union With Christ, Eternal Security, God’s Will, Love, Grace, Law, Mercy and other terms. While in a blog of our size it is impossible, nor is it our intent to go free diving to depths unknown in these areas, it is our intent to introduce terms, statements, reflections and thoughts on what we see as theological truth.
Martin Luther said the following and we would echo it;
“Some of us get one part right. Other teachers get other parts right. None of us get it all right…..One falls in one thing, one in another. Others will see what I do not. What then follows – by that we should help one another and make allowances for those who error as knowing that we either have erred or shall error ourselves…..I know that he must be a man of most shameful hardihood who would venture to give out that he understands a single book of Scripture in all its parts.” – Martin Luther
To this we say Amen!
Every month the team releases images based on soundbites of theology as we see it. This post which will come out every month will have a new collection of those soundbites. We always welcome a challenge and would invite you to send us an email with questions and thoughts, keeping in mind that we may have indeed forgotten something or you may see something that we do not see, as Luther said. That is what we call iron sharpening iron.
It’s our prayer that in these quotes others may know or be reminded of the wonderful mercy and love that is ours when walking in God’s Grace.
- Only a gospel that reminds us of our utter hopelessness, without Christ will lead to total surrender of our lives as living sacrifices.
- A gospel that leaves out the bad part or tries to soften it will leave us with a softened desire to do all things for God’s glory.
- If the news that we deliver about the gospel does not leave us unable to claim something from or stop us from hoping God shines upon us will never allow us to prefer others well-being, above our own.
- Only a gospel that tells us again and again of our utter hopelessness, our utter repulsiveness, our continued inability to please God through our acts of holiness is powerful enough to leave us gasping for the good news that it is not about us, but Christ.
- Only the gospel has the power to break the chains of rugged individualism to move our hearts in order to submit to living in real community, with their brothers and sisters in Christ.
- The more we come to understand what Christ did on the cross, the more beautiful the gospel becomes, the more real the pain that Christ suffered becomes to us.
- it is impossible for the gospel not to bring changes in us, beginning with affections being awakened and heart obedience.
- Thanks to the hope that we see in the gospel, suffering no longer need to be the end of life, total loss or completely wasted.
- Through the gospel we see it is through suffering we are perfected in order to appreciate that eternity will be realized in our hearts.
- The gospel brings news of hope that suffering brings life and joy.