Friday, October 2, 2009

The Gospel Driven Life

Michael Horton has just released The Gospel Driven Life, his follow up to last year's Christless Christianity. I like what the back cover says " When did the Good News become just good advice?" So many of our churches have opted for a moralistic version of Christianity, you listen to a nice little story with little snippets of scripture strewn together and hear how if you just let Jesus into your heart, He will help you be a better person.

We have to reorient our faith and our lives toward the transforming power of the gospel, nothing else will do. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

"The Good News is not just a series of facts to which we yield our
assent but a dramatic narrative that replots our identity. Think of
it in terms of a theatrical play. Each week we come to church with
our own scripts. If yours is anything like mine, it’s “the show about
nothing.” Yet God descends to give us a new script: a rich plot in
which our original character dies and is raised with the lead character.
Instead of trying to find a supporting role for God in our play, God
writes us into his script as part of a growing cast for his new world.
This script does not offer a blueprint for a new creation, if we will
only follow certain steps for realizing it. Instead, through this gospel
the Spirit sweeps us into the drama, into the new creation that has
already been inaugurated. No longer “in Adam,” under the reign of
sin and death, we are “in Christ."

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