Thursday, August 27, 2015

the gospel beautifies the church

Here are some great snippets from Ray Ortlund, Jr., from The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ (Crossway, 2014) ...

I want to be really forgiven of my real sins by a real Savior.

God's final category for you is not your goodness versus your badness, but your union with Christ versus your distance from Christ.

The beauty of human relationships, is the first thing that outsiders are likely to notice when they enter a church.

The household of God must offer a clear and lovely alternative to the madness of this world.

We either proudly believe we are too good to be judged, or we proudly believe we are too bad to be saved.

When a whole church luxuriates in Christ alone, that church embodies a gospel culture.

The beauty of love is the crown of a well-taught church.

The gospel never advances without someone paying a price.

The greatness of Christ creates courage in us.

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