There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now.
Paul was terribly personal. The books I like are the ones that make you feel like you are with a person who is being quite vulnerable, telling you all sorts of stuff that is personal, and that’s the thing Paul did that makes me like him.
We have been shown how to fight hate without becoming hate ourselves. We have been given a Companion and a Friend and not just a good idea. We have been given joy in the midst of failure, and not just a way of winning or being right.
We are less interested in the number of disciples and more interested in the quality of discipleship.
Better abolish pulpits then to appoint men who have no experiential knowledge of what they teach.
J.R.R. Tolkien told a questioning correspondent, life’s purpose is to know, praise, and thank God.
I assumed my first undivided responsibility.
Boethius moved from considering history from the actor’s point of view to a “timeless” eternal view. From the divine perspective, nothing is ever utterly lost, because all of life is possessed by God in the eternal now. Though time was gnawing away at Boethius and stealing all he valued, God was beyond time and loss. Gaining this philosophical vantage allowed the last Roman to become one of the first men of the Middle Ages.
If spiritual formation is the purpose of the church, then personal transformation should intentionally be the purpose of the small group ministry. Bible study is great. Fellowship is wonderful. Evangelism is essential. But changing and growing to be more like Christ should be the purpose of the small group ministry.
Salvation is a gift. Godliness is the pursuit.