Friday, October 20, 2006

One Powerful Sentence

Tim Keller:

"The gospel is: you are more sinful and flawed than you ever dared believe yet you can be more accepted and loved than you ever dared hope at the same time because Jesus Christ lived and died in your place."
More great sound bites from the Desiring God National Conference 2006 speakers here.


slf said...

Just wanted to say thank you for this post and the link to the words from the DG conference... Maybe next year! Beautiful website by the way. I have put it into my favs list. Interesting links also~ Thanks, and God bless~


Joshua Longbrake said...

brian mclaren would say, and i would tend to agree, that the gospel is: the kingdom is now.

Amy said...

Josh--thanks for commenting--didn't know you read my blog :)

I've been pondering your BM quote and wondering...what exactly does that mean?

I'm completely on board with the emergent church perspective of, let's not view the Christian life as "jump off the sinking ship and paddle away in your lifeboat, focus on heaven and don't worry about this old world because it's all going to burn anyway", but rather, let's strive to bring the values of the Kingdom to earth NOW. I think there's value in that view--it's a needed balance.

At the same time, it seems to me that "the Kingdom is now" is sort of meaningless without first understanding, as Keller describes in this quote, what the King accomplished--what He HAD to accomplish because we could not accomplish it ourselves--in order to make it possible for us to live abundantly, now and in eternity.

In other words, there could be no "Kingdom now" if not for the cross. So while the idea of bringing Kingdom values to the world around us is exciting, it can't be THE good news because it is an effect, not the cause. It wouldn't even be possible without THE good news of Christ's death and resurrection in our place--to set us free so that we COULD love what He loves and pursue His values here on earth. Only because of this gospel can we pursue grace and mercy and justice, etc, here on earth.

Thoughts? Anyone else?