Two Songs

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016

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We may know what God has saved us from, but have we lost sight of what God has saved us for? – Rankin Wilbourne (senior pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles, California)

Key Bible Verse: A body that doesn’t breathe is dead. In the same way faith that does nothing is dead. (James 2:26, GW)

Dig Deeper: James 2:14-26

Why does the life the Bible describes look so different from the lives many professing Christians are living? Wise spiritual counsellors give us conflicting advice about the root of the problem and the way to move forward.

There are two dominant voices on offer today – one we will call the way of extravagant grace, “just believe,” and the other we’ll call the way of radical discipleship, “just obey.” We often can’t help but hear them as two different songs playing in our heads.

Imagine each of these songs with its own volume knob. As we turn up the volume on one, we often instinctively turn down the volume on the other. Or, we may think we have to listen to each at half-volume. We seek some balance and wonder how to hold these melodies together in harmony.

This isn’t an academic question. It has everything to do with how we live, how we pray, what we think of when we think about God, and therefore how (and how often) we approach him.


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