Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Standing on a New Frontier--Post by Frank Viola

One of the blogs I follow is by Frank Viola, co-author (with Leonard Sweet) of Jesus Manifesto.  Today, I read a post of his that hit me right between the eyes, so to speak.  Below is an excerpt of the post with a link to the full post.


"Today we stand on the edge of a new frontier--one of exploration, not fortification.  One of discovery, not contentment.  In this new frontier, we will navigate the uncharted waters of Jesus Christ, our all-sufficient Lord.

There is so much more of Christ to sail than we could ever imagine.  But if the truth be told, we have been handed a shrink-wrapped Jesus.

Christ has become our once-a-week Mascot.  We rally around Him on Sunday mornings, selfishly reaching for all we can get from Him--goodies and gifts, all for us.  Then we push Him off to the sidelines the rest of the week.

But the game has never been about us; it's always been about Him.

The gospel that's so often preached today lacks a revelation of Jesus Christ.  The contemporary gospel boils down to a fire-insurance policy, a Santa Claus God, or a performance-based religion.  As long as we stay on that plane, we'll never see or comprehend the staggering enormity of our Lord."

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