Great message by Weston Ely this past Sunday on Ephesians 2:8-10. In the sermon he referenced the book The Prodigal God by Tim Keller and gave a quote from the book. Wanted to pass on the quote, very good one, about the nature of the Gospel. Great quote from an excellent book. We have it at the book table.
Jesus does not divide the world into the moral “good guys” and immoral “bad guys.” He shows us that everyone is dedicated to a project of self-salvation, to using God and others in order to get power and control for themselves. We are just going about it in different ways. Even though both sons (from the story of the Prodigal Son) are wrong, however, the father cares for them and invites them both bacck into his love and feast. This means that Jesus’ message, which is “the Gospel,” is a completely different form of spirituality. The Gospel of Jesus is not religion or irreligion, morality or immorality, moralism or relativism, conservatism or liberalism. Nor is it something halfway along a spectrum between two poles– it is something else altogether.
Tim Keller, The Prodigal God (p. 44-45)