>Word and Sacrament: Bathing Pilgrims in the Powers of the Age to Come

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“If our churches are not bathing us in the unfading powers of the age to come [through Word & Sacrament], why should it surprise us when people assign greater reality and significance to the age that is passing away?  If we think that we can sustain ourselves and our churches simply by trying to make things more user-friendly, we have not reckoned with the enormous power of this present evil age.”

Michael Horton, The Gospel-Driven Life, 205

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>Helpful Lectures on Gospel Driven Life

>In an earlier post, I promoted Michael Horton’s new book. So far I have read the first couple of chapters and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I especially appreciate the biblical-theological feel of how he is presenting the gospel as the drama of redemptive-history and his emphasis upon us finding ourselves as players in that drama united to the main protagonist:

Yet God descends to give us a new script: a rich plot in which our original character dies and is raised with the lead character. Instead of trying to find a supporting role for God in our play, God writes us into his script as part of a growing cast for his new world. . . . through this gospel the Spirit sweeps us into the drama, into the new creation that has already been inaugurated. No longer “in Adam,” under the reign of sin and death, we are “in Christ,” (12).

If you are interested in finding out more about the book, or the concept of living the “Gospel Driven Life” but not yet ready to buy it, you can listen to these lectures that Horton did at the Spring Theology Conference for the Reformation Society of Oregon:

If you haven’t gotten the book yet, you can still get it at the discounted price here.

[HT: James Grant; Monergism]

>Gospel-Driven Life

>Thankfully there appears to be a welcome transition away from the “Moral Majority” understanding of the Christian life that distinguishes between a gospel that is believed to make one a Christian and then an ethic that is lived out back to the Reformational understanding that the gospel is a message that shapes not only faith but all of life. In his most recent book, Micahel Horton seeks to reorient our faith and practice as Christians and churches toward the gospel. He writes in the Intoduction:

. . . the gospel creates the kind of community that is even now an imperfect preview of the kingdom’s marriage feast that awaits [the church]. The church is its own culture, not only with its distinct story and doctrine, but with its own “politics” and means. Consistent with the message that it proclaims, the church is receiving its life, identity, growth, and expansion from above rahter than creating these for itself and from its own resources, (p. 11, emphasis in original).

Horton has written this as a follow up to his book Christless Christianity, in which he “offered a prophetic wake-up call for a self-centered American church.” Now, with this newest book, Horton offers up his solutions and recommendations for a new reformation in the faith, practice, and witness of contemporary Christianity.

If you are looking for a book that will help you better understand how to live out the gospel and not just believe it, if you’re looking for more than a Twelve-Step approach to the Christian life, if you’re looking for more than a forty day program, if you’re looking for more than a Moral Majority political perspective of living the Christian life, then read this book.

For a limited time it is available here for $10.99 (45% off), so act fast.