Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael S. Horton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Good news is not an agenda for us to fulfill but an announcement of God’s victory in his Son.
This is a study to help you get on track of what is important and not to be distracted on the things that take us away from the Gospel message. The text begins on who God is. This is so important because without it, we are utterly lost and will cling to other gospels such as the social gospel, prosperity gospel, etc and so on and so on. The study brings the old to the new. It shows the fulfillment of the old promise to the new promise. And most importantly it shows how the Old Testament points to Jesus and the work of the cross.
The relationship between the trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the work of the Holy Spirit are key to the Christian life. I always appreciate an author and teacher that brings clarity to the work of the trinity. I love his words We experience this wonderful truth in the salvation that comes to us from the Father, in the Son, and through the Spirit. All three persons are dedicated to our salvation, working in distinct ways toward the completion of a single work of redemption.
We can make Christianity about our feelings and our passions but really Christianity is about God. His redemptive plan and making him known through our faith in who He is. Saving mankind from sin and death to a relationship that satisfies.
Biblical insights are important to see the whole arch of the word of God. This was prevalent throughout this study. One that I found interesting was the story of Abraham and the sacrifice of his only son. This was meant for mankind to be a picture of Jesus from everything to where and how and why all are significant. Because of this, I have always appreciated the teaching of Horton.
Quotes that I found encouraging
Until then, we are called neither to change the world nor to abandon it but to love and serve our neighbors to the best of our ability.
Evil is not a principle in creation itself but is the willful distortion of good gifts into an arsenal deployed against God’s reign.
In finding our self in God’s Story, we live and breath the Gospel. We don’t fret about politics but we do get in the trenches to make Him known. We are not consumed by worldly things that don’t last but treasure the things that last for eternity. We are not making our own kingdom but bringing the kingdom of God to others. This is a story that matters.
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