Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gospel + safety + time

Read this on Ray Ortlund's blog recently and wanted to share. This is definitely our desire of what to foster for our youth group kids.

It’s what everyone needs.  Everyone.  Gospel + safety + time.  A lot of gospel + a lot of safety + a lot of time.
Gospel: good news for bad people through the finished work of Christ on the cross and the endless power of the Holy Spirit.  Multiple exposures.  Constant immersion.  Wave upon wave of grace and truth, according to the Bible.
Safety: a non-accusing environment.  No finger-pointing.  No embarrassing anyone.  No manipulation.  No oppression.  No condescension.  But respect and sympathy and understanding, where sinners can confess and unburden their souls.
Time: no pressure.  Not even self-imposed pressure.  No deadlines on growth.  Urgency, but not hurry, because no one changes quickly.  A lot of space for complicated people to rethink their lives at a deep level.  God is patient.
This is what our churches must be: gentle environments of gospel + safety + time.  It’s where we’re finally free to grow.
p.s. not sure why this is in all isn't on my screen, sorry :(

1 comment:

  1. haha...when I first started reading, I was like, "wow, all caps, she's yelling the gospel. preach, sister!" thanks for sharing--always a good reminder. thanks for being faithful.