Gospel Gap-Fillers #5: A Lifestyle of Repentance & Faith

We looked at some of the attractive gospel replacements that subtly twist motives and affections for Christ to distorted reductions of the work of Christ.  Now we will look at what should fill the gap between the true gospel and genuine life change for God’s glory in this fifth and final post in the series. Again, this post will quote from Paul Tripp and Tim Lane’s book  How People Change.

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5. A Lifestyle of Repentance and Faith

God has blessed you with His grace, gifted you with His presence, strengthened you with His power, and made you the object of His eternal love. Because we belong to Him, we live for His agenda. And if change is His agenda, then repentance and faith is the lifestyle to which we have been called.

Near to the end of his career, Michael Jordan was asked why he always came early to practice before a game, even before the rookies. He was already being called the greatest player of all time. He replied that his shooting percentage was just over 50%, which meant that over his career, he had failed almost as much as he had succeeded. He was committed to keep on practicing as long as there was room for him to improve.

There are always new sins for the Christian to address and new enemies to defeat. The Christian life makes God’s work of change our paradigm for living, while we celebrate the grace that makes it possible. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).

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