Monday, May 26, 2014

Not Just About You

Once we give in to the idea that the gospel is only about a personal relationship with God and not about God's redemptive plan to renew all things, we give ourselves permission to stop engaging the world around us.  Once we are no longer engaging the world around us with the gospel of Jesus Christ, once we're no longer caring for the widow and the orphan in their distress but allowing someone else to do it, then we've removed one of the major components of true biblical discipleship.  ~ Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

Monday, May 19, 2014

True Believer or Just Churchy?

Religious ritual is not equivalent to a real relationship. 
I meet a lot of people swimming neck deep in Christian culture who have been inoculated to Jesus Christ.  They have just enough of him not to want all of him.  When that happens, what you have are people who have been conformed to a pattern of religious behavior but not transformed by the Holy Spirit of God.  ~ Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

Monday, May 12, 2014

What Is Your Passion?

We get worked up over and excited about a lot of things; is our spiritual life before God one of them?
Where is the nervousness in our guts when we're coming into an assembly of those pursuing God?  Where is the elation over the resurrection?  Where is the desolation over our sins?  Where is it?  Well, it's on basketball.  It's on football.  It's on romance.  It's on tweeting and blogging. ~ Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

Monday, May 5, 2014

You cannot scare anyone into heaven.  Heaven is not a place for those who are afraid of hell; it's a place for those who love God."  ~ Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel