Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Are we the "Good News" or is Jesus the "Good News"?

"So now people are called to be the 'good news,' to make Christ's mission successful by living 'relationally' and 'authentically.' Where the New Testament announces a gospel that changes lives, the 'gospel' is our changed life. 'We preach not ourselves but Christ' (2 Cor. 4:5) has been exchanged for a constant appeal to our personal and collective holiness as the main attraction.... I am not at all implying that we shouldn't follow Christ's example or that the church shouldn't have models and mentors. What I am suggesting is that discipleship is teaching others, and teaching them so well that even when we falter as role models, the maturity of their own discipleship will not fail because it is grounded in Christ and not us" (Michael Horton, "Christless Christianity: Getting in Christ's Way" in Modern Reformation Volume 16, Number 3, May/June 2007, pg. 16).

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