Renew: Equipped as Disciples of the Son
David Speakman   -  

Autopilot: Sir, orders are: “Do not return to earth.”
Captain: But life is sustainable now! … Out there is our home. Home, Auto! And it’s in trouble! I can’t just sit here and … and … do nothing! That’s all I’ve done. That’s all anyone on this blasted [Axiom] ship has ever done … Nothing!
Autopilot: On the Axiom you will survive.
Captain: I don’t want to survive! I want to live!

“So, why church? The short answer is because the Holy Spirit formed it to be a colony of heaven in the country of death …. Church is an appointed gathering of named people in particular places who practice a life of resurrection in a world in which death gets the biggest headlines: death of nations, death of civilization, death of marriage, death of careers, obituaries without end. Death by war, death by murder, death by accident, death by starvation. Death by electric chair, lethal injection, and hanging. The practice of resurrection is an intentional, deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life, life out of death, life that trumps death, life that is the last word, Jesus life.”
Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ

“The Christian is in a different position from other people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or—if they think there is not—at least they hope to deserve approval from good men. But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity