• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Rescued people

I have appreciated the interaction we have been having on innovation.  Over the weekend I read a quote which refocused my heart on that which is most important in all that we do: “While a church planter may be a good person or a talented person or a clever person, he/she must be, first and foremost, a rescued man, a rescued woman.  He/she must be a person who has been rescued from the slavery and foolishness of their own sin and saved by the freedom and “foolishness” of a God who displayed his perfect justice and love by laying down his life on behalf of the very ones who wronged him.” [Darrin Patrick] 

It’s ultimately not our goodness, our talents, our wisdom, nor even our capacity for innovation that is the driving source of our passion to multiply disciples and communities of believers.  It’s that we know we are rescued people.

Let me leave each of us to reflect on these challenging words from another older saint, Richard Baxter: “Take heed to yourselves, lest you be void of that saving grace of God which you offer to others, and be strangers to the effectual working of that gospel which you preach; and lest, while you proclaim to the world the necessity of a Savior, your own hearts should neglect him, and you should miss of an interest in him and his saving benefits.”

2 Responses

  1. Fantastic reminder David! As I finish off 2011, and started 2012, I am drawn to Paul’s words in Philippians 3.10… “I want to know Him…” Knowing Him brings with it a fresh realization of who I am… who I was before beginning to know Him and being known by Him, who I am now that He knows me and I am growing to know Him.

    Keeping a clear perspective on our “rescued” status is vital to providing context for our discussions on innovation… our identity never shifts!

    • I liked the use of the word, ‘rescued’. It’s another way to talk about salvation or coming to faith in Christ, but through another image which reminds us that we were incapable of saving ourselves, and that someone else did the work to pull us out of our mess.

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