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Foreword
Yeurs ugo l reud u quote thut stuck ln my mlnd: "1he
mlnute we begln to get uwuy from 'esus Elmself, we
begln to cloud our theology." A profound truth, but
one thut took u lot of tlme to process ln my llfe. lor
muny yeurs l wus preoccupled wlth the perlpherul.
Muny slde lssues grubbed my uttentlon und l mu
jored on one ufter unother, before flnully weurlng
euch one out. l wus focused on the frlnge. Lventuully
Cod turned my uttentlon uwuy from the murglnul
buck to the centre, und l redlscovered the mujestlc
wonder of 'esus Chrlst. lt wus breuthtuklng. lt wus
llke comlng home. My heurt took fllght, und l found
myself, us the song suys, "fllled wlth hls goodness,
lost ln hls love."
1he 8lble ufflrms regurdlng Chrlst, "ln Elm ull thlngs
hold together" (Col. ¡:¡,). vhen we get our eyes off
Elm, not only our theology÷everythlng fulls upurt.
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Murrluges end up on the rocks: churches go to
pleces: llfe comes upurt. 1he unlverse does not func
tlon well upurt from Elm. lt ls only "ln Elm" thut
thlngs hold together.
l belleve thut Cod ls culllng Els people buck to the
Centrullty of Chrlst. ve huve been denomlnutlon
centered, doctrlne centered, experlence centered.
Cod's declured purpose ls "to guther together ln one
ull thlngs ln Chrlst" (Lph. ¡:¡c). Ee would huve us
Chrlst centered.
1he present book ls compllutlon of quotes druwn
from u wlde vurlety of sources, uuthors und theo
loglcul perspectlves. Eowever dlverse, ulmost ull the
wrlters clted shure u common focus und u mutuul ut
tructlon to the core lssue: 1he Lord 'esus Chrlst. 1hey
remlnd us thut lt's ull ubout Elm.
Cswuld Chumbers suld, "l thlnk lf l huve un umbltlon
lt ls thut l mlght huve honoruble mentlon ln unyone's
personul relutlonshlp wlth our Lord 'esus Chrlst."
Slmllurly, lf the followlng muterlul encouruges some
to turn thelr eyes to 'esus, l wlll feel well recom
pensed.
So reud on. Reflect. Lnjoy. And, us you do, muy you
flnd thut everythlng else grows "strungely dlm ln the
llght of Els glory und gruce."
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Content
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6. Your Chrlst ls too trlvlul ¡zo
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8. Your Chrlst ls too cluttered ¡,¡
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The Lord Jesus Christ
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Your Christ
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l thlnk the
mlnute we
begln to get
uwuy from
'esus
Elmself,
we begln
to cloud our
theology.
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Chrlstlunlty
ls Chrlst:
und we ruln our
rellglon lf we
centre lt
unywhere else.

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ln the New 1estument
'esus upstuges
everyone else. Ee ls not only
the center
of the Cospel: Ee ls the
whole Cospel.
Ee ls the
Cood News.
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8ewure of
u rellglon ln whlch
Chrlst ls not
the flrst foremost,
chlef, prlnclpul
object,÷the
very Alphu
ln the ulphubet of
your fulth.
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1he messuge
of Chrlst ls not
Chrlstlunlty.
1he messuge
of Chrlst ls
Chrlst.
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1he good news
of the gospel
ls not un unnouncement
or u proclumutlon,
lt's u Person:
'esus the Chrlst.
'esus ls
the gospel.
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LSUS Chrlst . . . wulked lnto
tlme und quletly dlvlded lt
lnto before und ufter÷8.C. und
A.L. Ee wulked lnto the reulm of
thought und ultered ull our con
ceptlons ubout Cod und llfe und
destlny. Ee wulked lnto our
morul conceptlons und codes,
und now we ure good or bud uc
cordlng to whether we embody
Els splrlt or not. Ee wulked lnto
the chuos of humun relutlonshlps
und projected u llngdom whlch
ls destlned to guther ull our chuos
lnto cosmos, to be the goul und
end of ull humun hlstory.
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1he centrul fuct
of the unlverse und
the perfect
encyclopedlu of
ull morul und
splrltuul truth
ls ln Chrlst,
the lncurnute vord,
the Lumb sluln, the
uscended llng.
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Chrlstlunlty
wlthout Chrlst ls
u chest wlthout
u treusure,
u frume wlthout
u portrult,
u corpse wlthout
breuth.
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1hls ls u reuson
for much of the
powerlessness of our
churches toduy:
we huve converted
people to the church,
to our doctrlnes, to
our projects und
orgunlzutlons÷
to ulmost
unythlng but
Chrlst Elmself.
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Cod hus nothlng
for Els Church beyond
who Chrlst ls
ln Elmself.
Ee ls sufflclent,
Ee ls superlor,
Ee ls soverelgn,
Ee ls supreme,
und Ee ls the
summutlon
of ull Cod hus for us.
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Chrlstlunlty
does not exlst
for u moment
or ln uny respect
upurt from
Chrlst.
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EL story ls told thut when
Chutumu 8uddhu wus dylng . . .
some of hls dlsclples usked how they
could best remember hlm. Ee told
them not to bother: thut lt wus hls
teuchlng, not hls person, thut mut
tered. Such ls the busls of rellglon ÷
ldeologlcul, phllosophlcul, educutlve
bellefsystems. Such ls not the cuse
wlth 'esus Chrlst und Chrlstlunlty.
Lverythlng centers ln Elm. Lverythlng
ls lnherent ln 'esus, Els Person und
Els contlnulng uctlvlty. Lverythlng
functlons only by the dynumlc of the
rlsen und llvlng Lord 'esus Chrlst.
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UNLAMLN1ALLY, our Lord's
messuge wus Elmself. Ee dld
not come merely to preuch u
Cospel: Ee hlmself ls thut Cospel.
Ee dld not come merely to glve
breud: Ee suld, "l um the breud."
Ee dld not come merely to shed
llght: Ee suld, "l um the llght." Ee
dld not come merely to show the
door: Ee suld, "l um the door." Ee
dld not come merely to nume u
shepherd: Ee suld,"l um the shep
herd." Ee dld not come merely to
polnt the wuy: Ee suld, "l um the
wuy, the truth, und the llfe.'
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Chrlstlunlty
ls not u dedlcutlon
to u system
of rules or of thought,
but u dedlcutlon
to u Person.
1hls ls unlque umong the
rellglons of the world.
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L wus usked once by u
Elndu professor whut lt
wus thut he hud found ln Chrlstl
unlty . . . thut he hud not found ln
hls old rellglon. "l huve found
Chrlst,' suld Sudhu Sundur
Slngh. "Ch yes, l know,' suld the
professor ruther lmputlently.
"8ut whut purtlculur doctrlne
huve you found or prlnclple thut
you dld not huve before?'
"1he purtlculur thlng l huve
found,' replled Sudhu Sundur
Slngh, "ls Chrlst.'
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Lverythlng
"Chrlstlun"
ls derlved from the
8elng und uctlvlty of 'esus.
All of Chrlstlunlty ls
contlngent und dependent
on Elm, und
expresslve of Elm.
Chrlstlunlty ls
Chrlst!
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ve huve lnstructed
the church ln neurly
everythlng but becomlng
dlsclples of
'esus Chrlst.
ve huve fllled people
wlth doctrlnes
lnsteud of Lelty:
we huve glven them
munuuls lnsteud of
Lmmunuel.
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lf l um to know Cod, l wlll
know Elm through 'esus.
lf l um to guln knowledge,
lt ls deposlted ln 'esus.
lf l um to huve wlsdom,
l wlll flnd lt ln 'esus.
lf Cod dwells ln me, lt ls
becuuse 'esus dwells ln me.
lf l wlsh to study Cod,
l must study 'esus.
lf the Eoly Splrlt ls uctlve
ln my llfe, l wlll heur Elm
speuk of 'esus.
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1o be
Chrlstluns
ls to llve our llves
through, on, ln,
under, unto, for und
llke 'esus Chrlst,
und Chrlst then
becomes the
center of
our llves.
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Your Christ
is too
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lt ls Chrlst Elmself,
not the 8lble, who ls the
true word of Cod. 1he
8lble, reud ln the
rlght splrlt und
wlth the guldunce of good
teuchers, wlll brlng us
to Elm. ve must not
use the 8lble us u sort of
encyclopedlu out of whlch
texts cun be tuken for
use us weupons.
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1he Scrlptures
should be reud
wlth the ulm of
flndlng Chrlst
ln them. vhoever turns
uslde from thls object,
even though he weurs hlm
self out ull hls llfe ln leurnlng,
he wlll never reuch
the knowledge
of the truth.
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Eundreds of people
toduy ure devotlng them
selves to phuses of
truth, to cuuses.
'esus Chrlst never
usks us to devote ourselves
to u cuuse or u creed:
Ee usks us
to devote ourselves
to Elm ubsolutely,
und tuke up thut
cross dully.
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ELRL wus one mlstuke lnto
whlch the eurly Church wus
never ln uny dunger of fulllng. ln
those eurly duys men never
thought of 'esus Chrlst us u flgure
ln u book... 1hey dld not thlnk of
Elm us someone who hud been but
us someone who ls. 1hey dld not
thlnk of 'esus Chrlst us someone
whose teuchlng must be dlscussed
und debuted und urgued ubout:
they thought of Elm us someone
whose presence could be enjoyed
und whose constunt fellowshlp
could be experlenced. 1helr fulth
wus not founded on u book: thelr
fulth wus founded on u person.
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Cod dld not just
just reveul fuctuul dutu,
lnformutlonul proposltlons
of u bellefsystem
of doctrlne or theology,
but Ee "reveuled
Els Son...'
(Cul. ¡:¡z).
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Cne of the prlmury
schemes of the devll
ls to turn the 8lble lnto the
1ree of lnowledge
for us, lnsteud of the
1ree of Llfe.
Ee ls seeklng to muke lt
luw to us ruther thun u
revelutlon of Chrlst,
ln whom ulone
llfe ls found.
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ElS tendency to truns
form the work of the
Llvlng Cod lnto u phllosophl
cul doctrlne ls the constunt
temptutlon of theology, und
thelr greutest dlsloyulty
when they trunsform the uc
tlon of the Splrlt whlch
brlngs forth frult ln them
selves lnto un ethlc, u new
luw, lnto prlnclples whlch
only huve to be 'upplled.'
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1he hlstorlcul
'LSUS
ls hlmself the
embodlment
of truth...
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1hey (the eurly Chrls
tluns) dld not suy,
"1hls ls the truth:
we wlll leurn lt,
und lt wlll lnstruct us."
1hey suld, "1hls ls the
Lord: we huve
wulted for Elm,
und Ee wlll suve us."
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1he vord
becume flesh÷
und then through
theologluns lt
becume words
uguln.
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EL soculled "church fu
thers" of the flrst few
centurles of Chrlstlunlty . . .
reduced Chrlstlunlty lnto
morullstlc und ethlcul rellg
lous rules und lnto creedulls
tlc concepts of correct con
tent of thought. 1hey so
qulckly let go of the dynumlc
llfe of 'esus Chrlst us the es
sence of Chrlstlunlty, und ul
lowed lt to become merely u
bellef system.
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1he Cne who
ls the wuy, the truth
und the llfe . . .
wlll not be reduced
to our loglcul
cutegorles
und lntellectuul
formulus.
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EL breuk of Chrlstlunlty
wlth Chrlst, turnlng Elm
lnto the vord become word,
wus the most dlsustrous
breuk posslble. lor lt guve up
the one thlng ln Chrlstlunlty
thut mukes lt unlque÷the
vord become flesh. All the
other fulths huve the vord
become word, but only the
Chrlstlun fulth hus the vord
become flesh.
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1he essence of
Chrlstlunlty
ls not u stundurdlzed
bellefsystem.
1he essence
of Chrlstlunlty
ls not u consensus
of doctrlne...
'esus Chrlst
ls the essence
of Chrlstlunlty.
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lew were
us cureless of
orthodox
formulus
us 'esus.
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AM not such u fool us
to run umuck ugulnst
theology, us some people
ln thls duy do. 8ut whut l
wlsh to lnslst upon ls thut
the flrst form of Chrlstlun
lty ls not u theory, but u
hlstory, und thut the reve
lutlon of Cod ls the blog
ruphy of u mun.
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1he doctrlnul
stutement
of Chrlstlunlty,
whlch ls the verbul
expresslon of
the Llvlng 1ruth,
muy huve been
mlstuken for
the 1ruth ltself.
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1hose who
huve succeeded ln
deflnlng doctrlne
most closely
huve lost Chrlst
most completely.
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Cl lAl1E
lS NC1
1EL 1LACElNC
8U1 1EL
1LACELR.
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EL trouble wlth "the fulth once
for ull dellvered to the sulnts"
lnterpreters ls thut they contend for
thelr lnterpretutlon us "the fulth
once for ull dellvered to the sulnts."
1hey confound the lncurnutlon wlth
thelr lnterpretutlon of lt. 1hey huve
the lncurnutlon neutly tled up ln u
puckuge of stutements ubout lt und
they contend for thut puckuge . . .
8ut 'esus muy huve stepped out be
yond the web of thelr own words
long ugo. 1he vord ls ulwuys blgger
thun our words. Puul culls 'esus the
"unspeukuble glft"÷you cun't speuk
Elm completely. ln the end you huve
to kneel ln udorutlon ut the vonder
of the vord.
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lt ls posslble to be
exuct und correct
ln your doctrlne und
to be perfectly deud.
vhutever muy be the
need of the recovery
of lost truth,
the need over ull...
ls the recovery of splrltuul
revelutlon us to
the Lord 'esus,
to see Elm unew.
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LPELSlANS ¡:z- (1he Messuge)
I
Your Christ
is too
institutional
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ln converslon
you ure not uttuched
prlmurlly to un order,
nor to un lnstltutlon,
nor u movement,
nor u set of bellefs, nor u
code of uctlon ÷
you ure uttuched prlmurlly
to u Person,
und secondurlly to these
other thlngs.

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CECLARS of Church
Elstory huve lndlcuted
thut the concept of ortho
doxy wus lntroduced lnto
Chrlstendom, not ln the ¡st
Century, but eurly ln the oth
Century, under the leuder
shlp of the Romun emperor
Constuntlne. Ee deslred u
unlfled Chrlstlunlty us u
stute rellglon, ln order to
consolldute hls own power.

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All the wretched
mess thut exlsts
ln the orgunlzutlon of
Chrlstlunlty toduy . . .
ls becuuse somethlng
speclflc ln ltself,
elther u movement,
u mlsslon, u teuchlng,
u testlmony, u fellowshlp,
hus tuken the pluce
of Chrlst.

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Chrlstlunlty
uppeuls
to ull nutlons,
ruces und
creeds, but you
huve mude lt so
eccleslustlcul
thut lt uppeuls to
nobody.

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lt ls u truglc
mlsrepresentutlon
of the Church when
the busls of our
commonullty
ls culculuted by
doctrlnul ugreement,
ruther thun
the lndwelllng
Lord 'esus.

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CU cun sketch u fulrly uccurute
plcture of the hlstory of the
Church llke thls: Cod guve u wonder
ful fresh breuth of Eoly Splrlt llfe (on
the duy of Pentecost, und repeutedly,
durlng renewul down the centurles)
und mun comes ulong und suys,
"vonderful! Now, let's set up u
Church preservutlon Soclety to keep
thlngs golng.' And he beglns to or
gunlze u new denomlnutlon, u new
fellowshlp, u dlfferent structure, fresh
rules und regulutlons und uctlvltles,
durlng whlch the Eoly Splrlt quletly
(und often unnotlced) mukes hls de
purture. Loes thls new forwurd look
lng frumework collupse overnlght?
Not u blt of lt! lt goes on, yeur ufter
yeur, even century ufter century÷the
world's counterfelt of the reul thlng.
$CS(41-$B(0*&)
Y
- 61 -
'
Creut truths were
restored to the church
through every prevlous
revlvul. Muny of these
truths were currled to
extremes und error
becuuse the church
ullowed them to become
the focul polnt
ln pluce of the only
Cne upon vhom
we must keep our
uttentlon.

CQ1><$@&/)#2
- 62 -
'
Muny who should be
dlsclples of 'esus
toduy ure stlll only
dlsclples of... u reformer,
u rellglous group or
even un ldeu [thut|
hus dlspluced
thelr loyulty to
'esus Chrlst.

C9#&Z2#/$!6$A5,,
- 63 -
'
Neurly every
denomlnutlon
or movement seems to
develop u purtlculur
slunt or system of
trudltlons, some of whlch
ultlmutely obscure the
slmpllclty und purlty
of devotlon to
Chrlst.

CU2()>1*$U2()?1:(?)#
- 64 -
'
CS1 denomlnutlons orlglnuted
wlth u genulne move of the
Splrlt whlch lmpurted truth to the
church. 1hese truths were meunt
to leud the church closer to 'esus,
und unquestlonubly thls wus uc
compllshed for muny. Eowever,
wlth euch of these movements
there huve ulwuys been people
who never suw beyond the truth lt
self. 1hey begun to bulld thelr tow
ers uround the truths, ruther thun
seelng them us mere stepplng
stones to 1he 1ruth. 1hese towers
huve now become muny of the de
nomlnutlons scuttered ucross the
splrltuul lundscupe of Chrlstlunlty.

CQ1><$@&/)#2
M
- 65 -
'
N the beglnnlng the Church
wus u J%-->KL,MN of men und
women who centered thelr llves on
the llvlng Chrlst. 1hey hud u per
sonul und vltul #%-=?M>&L,MN to the
Lord. lt trunsformed them und the
world uround them. 1hen the
Church moved to Creece, und lt be
cume u N,M->L>N,O. Luter lt moved
to Rome, und lt becume un M&L?M?"P
?M>&. Next lt moved to Lurope und
lt becume u +"-?"#%. llnully lt moved
to Amerlcu, und lt becume un %&P
?%#N#ML%. ve've got fur too muny
churches und so few J%-->KL,MNL.

$CQ1>"(2-$F(,4#2*&)
I
- 66 -
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Author Unknown
- 67 -
'
EA1 um l golng to work
for? Am l golng to work
to try to estubllsh some socl
ety, some denomlnutlon, or
some 'undenomlnutlon,' to wln
u pluce for u teuchlng, or un ln
terpretutlon, or u system of
truth? ls lt to some 1ElNC thut l
um devoted, or ls lt to secure
for the Lord 'esus Els ubsolute
centrullty und supremucy?

C!6$L5*01)C7:(2<*
W
- 68 -
'
8ewure of
unythlng thut
competes
wlth loyulty
to 'esus
Chrlst.
CH*%(,-$I"('.#2*
- 69 -
' %
S long us rellglon wus
denoml nut l onul
centrlc Cod could not trust
us wlth power. Eud he
done so, lt would huve run
lnto u denomlnutlonul
megulomunlu . . . 8ut lf re
llglon ls Chrlstcentrlc, lf to
be u Chrlstlun ls to be
Chrlstllke, to cutch hls mlnd
und Splrlt, then l thlnk Cod
cun buck thut wlth power
to the utmost . . . Cod cun
trust us wlth power here.
CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
A
- 70 -
'
vhut ls true of ull
orgunlzutlons, bulldlngs,
lndlvlduul people,
und the whole of
creutlon ls true of
churches: 1hey
exhlblt llfe when
they ure deflned by und
llve out of u center
ruther thun when they
ure deflned by und llve on
the perlmeter.
C92#?&2/$L6$A&/-
- 71 -
'
'udulsm wus u fold,
u clrcumference
wlthout u center,
but Chrlstlunlty ls u flock,
where we huve u
center wlthout u
clrcumference. ve
huve no wull ubout us, but
we ure guthered
uround Elm, our
Cood Shepherd. ''
CF6$L6$82&)*1-#
- 72 -
' %
EL church ls the
church when lt's ull
ubout the lnltlutor, the
Crlglnutor, the lnstlgutor,
the Sucrlflclul Lumb of the
Church. 1here ls no other
focul polnt, no other reu
son, no other polnt, no
other motlvutlon, no other
structure... just the Person
of 'esus llvlng Els llfe
through Els people...
C7&=&52)#2$'(?([1)#
T
- 73 -
'
1he church hus
only thls tusk: to
embody Chrlst,
munlfest Els nuture,
demonstrute
Cod's love to the
world und proclulm
Els Lordshlp over
ull thlngs.
CO()+2#-$F(,,#2
- 74 -
'
8+$%#$(2#$0"#$A&-/$
B"/$(2#)Y0$F1*$(2'*$2#(>"1)?$
B"/$(2#)Y0$F1*$"()-*$"#(,1)?$
B"/$(2#)Y0$F1*$%&2-*$0#(>"1)?$
L)-$1+$%#$(2#$0"#$A&-/$
B"/$(2#)Y0$F1*$+##0$?&1)?$
B"/$1*$F1*$,&4#$)&0$*"&%1)?$
$$0"#2#$1*$($%(/6

Custlng Crowns
- 75 -
'
1he Church
ls the
representutlon
und contlnuutlon
of Chrlst.
$CL-&,:"$7(:"12
- 76 -
'
No ussembly,
no church,
no movement,
no testlmony,
no fellowshlp
ls justlfled ln
lts exlstence
from Cod's stundpolnt
except lnsofur us
Chrlst ls
expressed by lt.
$C!6$L5*01)C7:(2<*
- 77 -
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>&)*>1#)01&5*$2#,1?1&)$)&2$-1*2#?(2-$&+$
2#,1?1&)$('&5)0*$0&$()/0"1)?6$B"(0$
'(00#2*$1*$*&'#0"1)?$+(2$'&2#$1)0#21&2\$
+(10"$#R:2#**#-$1)$,&4#6
CALA1lANS =:6 (1he Messuge)
Q
Your Christ
is too
religious
- 78 -
(
You dld not
recelve u rellglon
ubout 'esus,
but the uctuul
Person
of 'esus.
$CU2()>1*$U2()?1:(?)#
- 79 -
(
Els ulm wus
never to glve us u
new rellglon ln order
thut we mlght llve u blt
more decently-
ln thut cuse Moses und
hls luw would huve
sufflced. '
$CI"21*0&:"#2$A,5'"(2-0
- 80 -
(
Cod
ls not
lnterested ln
rellglon.
$
CB1,,1('$!#':,#
- 81 -
(
1uke one look
ut church hlstory und
you wlll see thut
Chrlstlunlty needs
to heur the messuge of
'esus us much
us or more thun
most rellglons.
CA25R/$I(4#/
- 82 -
(
'esus
culls men,
not to u
new rellglon,
but to llfe.
CS1#021>"$A&)"&#++#2
- 83 -
(
Rellglon
ls u sutunlc
counterfelt
of u relutlon
shlp wlth Cod.
CQ&.#20$F#1-,#2
- 84 -
(

Rellglous sln
ls the only sln
'esus publlcly
confronted.
C92#?&2/$L6$A&/-
- 85 -
(
Sutun ls not,
us men suppose,
the lnstlgutor
of thelr crlmes.
Rellglon ls the
speclul sphere
of hls lnfluence.
C712$Q&.#20$L)-#2*&)
- 86 -
(

Men never
do evll
so completely
und cheerfully us
when the do lt from
rellglous
convlctlon.
CA,(1*#$G(*>(,
- 87 -
(
1he essence of the
rellglous splrlt
ls gettlng llfe from
belng truer und more
rlghteous thun others,
ruther thun
gettlng llfe
from Cod ulone.
lt ls llvlng from the
perlmeter ruther
thun the
center.
C92#?&2/$L6$A&/-
- 88 -
(
lt ls u profound
lrony thut the
Son of Cod
vlslted thls plunet
und one of the chlef
complulnts ugulnst
hlm wus thut he wus
not rellglous
enough.
CQ#.#>>($O6$G1::#20
- 89 -
(
Cur llfe ls not to
be found ln our
correct doctrlne
or ln our plety, us
lmportunt us these ure.
1o get llfe from
these ls rellglon.
Cur llfe ls ruther to
be found ln 'esus
Chrlst, und ln 'esus
Chrlst ulone.
C92#?&2/$L6$A&/-
- 90 -
(

Rellglon . . .
ls the uttempted
replucement
of the dlvlne
work by u
humun
munufucture.
CT(2,$A(20"
- 91 -
(
C summurlze church hls
tory ln u cruss, but not
ultogether lnuccurute, wuy...
'esus cume wlth the mes
suge "Rellglon ls redundunt.
Cod hus gone out of the re
llglon buslness und he wunts
you to experlence everythlng
you turned to rellglon for÷
forglveness, sulvutlon, ln
structlon÷through me."
And hls followers suld,
"vow. vhut u cool ldeu. ve
should bulld u rellglon out of
thut!" And they dld.
CA25R/$I(4#/
T
- 92 -
(
Rellglon shlfts
our focus off
'esus Chrlst
und pluces lt on
ourselves und how
well we ure or uren't
performlng.
C70#4#$O>]#/
- 93 -
(
CL ls not lnterested ln rellglon,
but Ee ls tremendously lnter
ested ln llfe. You cunnot reud the
New 1estument wlthout reullzlng
thut the Lord 'esus dld not cure u
whlt for the Subbuth regulutlons of
hls duy when they were set ugulnst
the need of u broken mun for heul
lng. Cod ls not lnterested ln stulned
gluss wlndows, orgun solos, con
gregutlon hymns or even pustorul
pruyers hulf so much us he ls ln
produclng love fllled homes, gen
erous heurts und bruve men und
women who cun llve rlght ln mldst
of the world und keep thelr heuds
und heurts undeflled.
CQ(/$70#-'()
G
- 94 -
(
ve need to usk
forglveness from
Cod, from the world,
for belng rellglous.
ve huve strlven to be
rellglous when we
were culled to
be lovlng.
C92#?&2/$L6$A&/-
- 95 -
(
8LLlLvL ln u seculur
Chrlst. l do not belleve
ln u rellglous Chrlst. l belleve
one of the whole dlfflcultles
of Chrlstlunlty ls we've put
Chrlst ln u speclul bulldlng for
u speclul occuslon, wlth spe
clul forms of worshlp, speclul
muslc, speclul everythlng.
Cut the speclul out: put your
hunds ln your pocket und go
ln your old blue jeuns. Chrlst
ls u seculur person.
CX&2'()$925..$
I

- 96 -
(
Muny u soul beglns
to come to Cod
when he fllngs off
belng rellglous,
becuuse there ls only
one Muster
of the humun heurt, und
und thut ls not rellglon
''esus Chrlst.
CH*%(,-$I"('.#2*
- 97 -
(
LLlClCN . . . ls u loser,
u strlctly fullen uctlv
lty. lt hus u fulled pust und
u bunkrupt future. 1here
wus no rellglon ln Lden
und there won't be uny ln
heuven: und ln the meun
tlme 'esus hus dled und
rlsen to persuude us to
knock lt ull off rlght now.
CQ&.#20$I(:&)
R
- 98 -
(
LLlClCN ls munuged
splrltuullty÷un ut
tempt to muke people feel
better ubout themselves
wlthout helplng them dls
cover the reullty of thelr
own frlendshlp wlth the Llv
lng Cod. lt ls mun's uttempt
to do Cod's work.
CB(/)#$@(>&.*#)
R
- 99 -
(
RL you tlred? vorn out?
8urned out on rellglon?
Come to me. Cet uwuy wlth me
und you'll recover your llfe. l'll
show you how to tuke u reul
rest. vulk wlth me und work
wlth me ÷ wutch how l do lt.
leurn the unforced rhythms of
gruce. l won't luy unythlng
heuvy or lllflttlng on you. leep
compuny wlth me und you'll
leurn to llve freely und llghtly.'
C@#*5*$I"21*0$C$O(00"#%$^^\_`Cab$
c!"#$O#**(?#d
A
- 100 -
8*$I"21*0$
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¡ CCRlN1ElANS ¡:¡-
R
Your Christ
is too
sectarian
- 101 -
)
Llsunlty ln
the 8ody of Chrlst
ls the scundul
of the uges.
'1he greutest sln
of the Church ls not
lylng, steullng, drunken
ness, udultery÷not
even murder÷
but the sln of
dlsunlty.
CG(5,$N6$A1,,"#1'#2
- 102 -
)
1he busls of
our fellowshlp
ls not uround thls
doctrlne, thut
doctrlne, the other
doctrlne: or uround thls
group, thut group,
or the other group. lt ls
uround Chrlst und
only uround
Chrlst.
CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
- 103 -
)
Chrlst ls our unlty,
not dogmus, not polltles,
not rltuuls: our oneness
ls u oneness of llfe.
ve need for our centre no
tower wlth u top reuchlng
to heuven, we huve u
llvlng Lord who
ls wlth us, und ln Elm,
we belng muny,
ure one.
CL,#R()-#2$O(>J(2#)
- 104 -
)
ve do not
muke u creed,
but Chrlst
the ground
und term of
unlon.
C@&")$X#,*&)$S(2./
- 105 -
) %
My fellowshlp
ls not concerned so much
wlth whut l hold but wlth
vho holds me.
Not so much wlth u creed
but wlth the Chrlst.
lt rests not so much
ln un ugreement
on the doctrlne
of redemptlon but
ln u common
lnterlock wlth
the Redeemer.
C9#&++2#/$!6$A5,,
- 106 -
)
Unlty does not
come from
bellevlng the
the sume thlng
but from
trustlng the
sume person.
CO1<#$B#,,*
- 107 -

NL mlght thlnk thut,
wlth the 8lble us the
center of Chrlstlunlty, the
unlty of Chrlstluns could be
euslly reullzed. 8ut unfortu
nutely thls hus not proved
true, though we cun conslder
lt fortunute lndeed thut, us
thls lnublllty to unlfy proves,
the letter of the 8lble cunnot
reully repluce the llvlng Chrlst
us the center of our fulth.
CT&<1>"1$T52&*(<1
)
O
- 108 -
%
1he posltlon
l huve ever mulntulned,
of unlon wlth the
whole clrcle
of Cod's redeemed,
wlthout excluslve
uttuchment to
uny sectlon
of lt ls dully more
preclous
ln my eyes.
CL)0"&)/$X&221*$92&4#*
)
- 109 -
)
NL obstucle we must
overcome ls the llluslon
thut we, becuuse of our ublllty
to "rlghtly dlvlde the word," ure
more splrltuul thun those ln
other churches. 1hls deceptlon
lnfects churches ucross the
bourd. Consequently, we re
muln dlvlded, kept ln lsolutlon
by our own splrltuul prlde,
never dlscernlng thut the en
emy hus the church down the
street slmllurly thlnklng they ure
more splrltuul thun us.
CU2()>1*$U2()?1:(?)#
O
- 110 -
)

So long us
we judge Chrlst
to be dwelllng
wlth u person,
thut ls our
wurrunt for
recelvlng
hlm.
CL)0"&)/$X&221*$92&4#*
- 111 -
)

1he plugues of
controversy
und dlvlslon und
weukness wlll be
lurgely llfted when
und get buck to
the center÷
Chrlst.
CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
- 112 -
)
1hut ls the
bond of unlon
÷thut we
belong to Chrlst.
Cne wlth
Chrlst÷thut ls
the greut bond
to keep
before us.
C9#&2?#$O5#,,#2
- 113 -
)
vhen other lssues
ure ullowed to polurlze
those for whom
Chrlst ls Lord,
thut lssue, whutever lt ls,
ls elevuted to
u posltlon of greuter
lmportunce thun
Chrlst Elmself.
CQ1>"(2-$F(,4#2*&)
- 114 -
)

vhenever the
perlphery
ls ln dunger of
dlspluclng
the center,
we ure not fur
removed from
ldolutry.
CS6$L6$I(2*&)
- 115 -
)
1he problem
of unlty
wlll be well on the
wuy to solutlon
lf the . . . church mukes
Chrlst centrul
und ull else
murglnul.
CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
- 116 -
)

vhutever
you muke
the lssue,
you muke
the ldol.
CL50"&2$f)<)&%)
- 117 -
)
1o speuk plulnly . . .
lt ls not dlfferent oplnlons,
nor u dlfference ln judgment
ubout reveuled truths,
nor u dlfferent pructlce ln
sucred udmlnlstrutlons, but
prlde, selflnterest,
love of honour, repututlon,
und domlnlon . . . thut ure
the true cuuse
of thut defect of
evungellcul unlty.
C@&")$H%#)
- 118 -
)

l um persuuded
the more the love
of Cod ls shed ubroud
ln our heurts, the more
ull nurrowness of
splrlt wlll subslde
und glve wuy.
C9#&2?#$B"10#+1#,-
- 119 -
)
N1lL l cun leurn to see
my brother's fuults us u
mere mote compured wlth
the reullty of the Lord llvlng
ln Elm und on the other
hund see my own crltlcul
und negutlve reuctlon to hlm
us u greut wooden beum of
sln ln myself, l shull never
flnd the key to unlty . . .
CX&2'()$925..
U
- 120 -
)
Secturlunlsm
ls essentlully u
fullure... to
embruce ln our
uffectlons ull who
belong to
Chrlst.
CL50"&2$5)<)&%)
- 121 -
)
H)# church. H)#
fulth. H)# Lord. Not
8uptlst, not Methodlst,
not Adventlst.
'ust Chrlstluns.
No denomlnutlons.
No hlerurchles.
No trudltlons.
'ust Chrlst.
CO(R$J5>(-&
- 122 -
)

8Rl1lSE noblemun
preuchlng the gospel
ln Sweden some yeurs ugo
wus usked by u ludy whut
church he belonged to.
"1o the Church of Chrlst"
wus hls reply. "Yes, but to
whut brunch?" she ln
slsted. "Mudum, l do not
belong to uny brunch. l be
long to the 1runk."
A
- 123 -
)
1he luther
hus decreed thut
Chrlst's Church
shull be unlted.
Els Son hus purchused lt,
und the Eoly Splrlt
ls here to estubllsh lt.
1he buttle you ure fuclng
ls u dlstructlon:
the reul lssue ls to
mulntuln the oneness
of Chrlst.
CU2()>1*$U2()?1:(?)#
- 124 -
U&2$*&'#$'#);$*02(/1)?$+2&'$0"#*#$
0"1)?*;$"(4#$052)#-$(*1-#$0&$
+2510,#**$-1*>5**1&)666
¡ 1lMC1EY ¡:6 NAS8
S
Your Christ
is too
trivial
- 125 -
*
Eow muny
leuders huve
suddled thelr pet
peeves, druwn thelr
swords of bltterness
und luunched lnto
buttle ugulnst breth
ren over lssues thut
ure not worth
dlscusslng?
CO(R$J5>(-&
- 126 -
*

All these petty
llttle thlngs thut
dlvlde the heurt of the
sulnts ls merely glvlng
ummunltlon to
the hosts of evll und
weukenlng the
splrltuul power
of the sulnts.'
CF(2&,-$706$@&")
- 127 -
*
lf we do not keep
our uttentlon
upon the ultlmute
purpose of Cod,
we wlll contlnuully
be dlstructed
by the lesser
purposes of Cod.
CO1<#$A1><,#
- 128 -
*

ve ure often
dlstructed
from the Rlver of Llfe
by the llttle
trlbuturles
thut feed lt.
CQ1><$@&/)#2
- 129 -
*

EL 'erusulem leuders cume neur
to smotherlng the gospel ln the
beglnnlng. lt wus Puul who loosed lt
from lts 'ewlsh fetters. Ee dured fol
low the llvlng Chrlst lnto the heurt of
pugunlsm. Ee cume buck und told
whut Cod hud wrought. 1he 'erusu
lem leuders... drew up some of the
thlngs consldered essentlul for the
Chrlstluns umong Centlles... "to ub
stuln from thlngs strungled und from
blood." 8lndlng up the gospel of
Chrlst wlth thut! Cf course lt dropped
uwuy, for the gospel wus ut grlps wlth
blgger lssues. lt muy be thut to future
Chrlstluns some of the thlngs thut we
conslder essentlul ln our systems wlll
seem just us ubsurd us thls does to us.
-N6$70(),#/$@&)#*
T
- 130 -
*
1he problem wlth
the church toduy ls
not corruptlon. lt ls not
lnstltutlonullsm. No, the
problem ls fur more
serlous thun some
thlng llke the mlnlster
runnlng uwuy wlth the
orgunlst. 1he problem ls
pettlness. 8lutunt
pettlness.
-O1<#$V(>&)#,,1
- 131 -
*

1he sensltlvlty
of men to
smull mutters
und thelr lndlfference
to greut ones,
lndlcutes u
strunge
lnverslon.
-A,(1*#$G(*>(,
- 132 -
*
%
EL upostollc letters . . . seek to redl
rect the sulnts buck onto Chrlst und
uwuy from u myrlud of thlngs seeklng to
rob them of thelr tlme, energy, uttentlon,
focus, und splrltuul devotlon... 1hey be
cume entungled ln muny thlngs. 1he whole
controversy of 'ews und Centlles: to be clr
cumclsed, or not to be clrcumclsed: to
murry, or to remuln slngle: to keep the
Subbuth, or not to keep the Subbuth:
whlch foods to eut, und whlch foods not to
eut: whether one should follow Peter, or
Puul, or Apollos: to speuk ln tongues, or not
to speuk ln tongues: how men should be
huve, und how women should behuve... Cn
und on lt went, und on und on lt stlll goes
toduy... ve do not need more of the Lord,
slnce we ure ulreudy complete ln Chrlst ÷
we just need less of everythlng else.
-I"1:$A2&?-#)
T
- 133 -
*


1he muln thlng
ls to keep
the muln thlng
the muln
thlng.
-70#:"#)$Q6$I&4#/
- 134 -
*

Let me glve you some
reul mlschlefs:
llvlng for show,
loslng the whole
ln the purtlculurs,
lndulgence of
vltul powers ln
trlvlulltles.
-Q(,:"$B(,-&$N'#2*&)
- 135 -
*
%
1 ls tlme the church
qult pretendlng thut
pettlness doesn't mutter.
Pettlness hus become u
serlous dlseuse ln the
Church of 'esus Chrlst, u
dlseuse whlch contlnues
to result ln termlnul cuses
of dlscord, dlsruptlon,
und destructlon.
-O1<#$V(>&)#,,1
I
- 136 -
*
%
LREAPS you've heurd
ubout the furmer who
wus out worklng ln hls fleld. Ee
suw u mouse und thut ungered
hlm. So he took hls hoe und
begun to go ufter thut mouse.
Ee spent the next thlrty mln
utes chuslng und beutlng ut
thut mouse und flnully he kllled
lt. 1hen he looked buck und
reullzed he hud wrecked un
ucre of hls crops.
-B(22#)$B1#2*.#
P
- 137 -
*

Nothlng ls
more unworthy
of u wlse mun
or ought to trouble
hlm more thun to
huve ullowed
more tlme for
trlfllng useless
thlngs thun they
deserve.
-G,(0&
- 138 -
*

lrom u proud
doctor of theology,
from u conten
tlous pustor, und
from useless
questlons, muy
Cod dellver
hls Church.
CO(201)$J50"#2$
- 139 -
*

Eow muny
pulplt hours
huve been
wusted on
preuchlng the
trlvlul?
-O(R$J5>(-&
- 140 -
*

L putter of lnto urguments ubout
predestlnutlon: we woolguther ln
the thlrd heuven: we dlgress lnto con
jectures ubout the utonement: we dl
vert ourselves by countlng mlrucles or
collectlng grummutlcul oddltles. And
then St. 'ohn's vlslon lnterrupts us. ve
ure sturtled out of our woolgutherlng
dlgresslons, our tungentlul urguments,
our lnuttentlve dlverslons. Cur lmuglnu
tlons ure klndled wlth u vlslon÷of
Chrlst. ve ure roused, uttentlve, ulert.
Lverythlng suddenly ls ln proportlon.
Chrlst ls the lust word... 1hls ls the goul
towurds whlch everythlng ls ulmed...
1he Revelutlon glves us the lust word
on Chrlst, und the word ls thut Chrlst ls
the center und ut the center. ''
-N5?#)#$G#0#2*&)$$$
W
- 141 -
*

1hlngs whlch
mutter most
must never
be ut the mercy
of thlngs whlch
mutter leust.
C@&"())$B6$9&#0"#
- 142 -
*

ELN we ure concentruted
upon the prlmury purposes
of Cod the secondury purposes
wlll then serve the one. lf our
eye ls slngle, on Elm, then the
whole body wlll be full of llght. lf
our eye ls not slngle but dlvlded
lnto the muny secondury pur
poses, lt wlll become durkness
lnsteud of llght. Lven though
they muy be truths they wlll stlll
decelve us: they wlll become dls
torted und extreme lf our focus
ls not on the Lord Elmself.
CQ1><$@&/)#2
W
- 143 -
*

1here ure un
lnflnlty of
ungles ut whlch
one fulls, only
one ut whlch
one stunds.
C96$T6$I"#*0#20&)
- 144 -
*

ELRL ls only one sufe
und sure center of
Chrlstlun experlence, doc
trlne und testlmony und
thut ls 'esus Chrlst. Stund
ut uny other polnt, no
mutter how good, und
you wlll become lopslded.
Stund wlth Elm und you
keep your bulunce, for by
Elm ull thlngs conslst.
C]()>#$F(4)#2
T
- 145 -
*

Look ut thlngs
lurgely und
don't spend
your llfe pluylng
wlth pleces of
scuffoldlng.'
-F(2&,-$706$@&")
- 146 -
*

Centlemen,
for the love of
Cod, let us buy
blg mups.
CJ&2-$7(,1*.52/
- 147 -
I"21*0$6$6$6$?14#*$5*$
0"#$.#*0$:1>052#$&+$9&-$
%#Y,,$#4#2$?#06
z CCRlN1ElANS ¡:6 (1he Messuge)
T
Your Christ
is too
finite
- 148 -
+
'esus Chrlst
Elmself ls the
flnul exegesls
of ull truth. Ee ls
ull thut we need to
know ubout
Cod.
CO(=&2$B6$8()$!"&'(*
- 149 -
+
1he Revelutlon
of Cod ls not
u book or u
doctrlne, but u
llvlng Person)
CN'1,$A25))#2
- 150 -
+
vlsdom,
Cod's blueprlnt
for humuns, ut lust
herself becomes
humun.
1he Sheklnuh
turns out to huve u
humun fuce.
CX6$!6$B21?"0
- 151 -
+
Your lmuge
of Cod
ls the slngle most
lmportunt
element of your
splrltuul
journey.
C92("('$I&&<#
- 152 -
+
'LSUS
lS CCL
LlvLL 8Y
MAN.
CU2#-#21><$9&-#0
- 153 -
+
Ee ['esus| ls
the llvlng,
concrete,
embodled
plcture of
Cod.
C92#?&2/$L6$A&/-
- 154 -
+
vhen we full
to see 'esus
us Ee ls, we we tend
to creute Cod ln our
own lmuge.
1hls hus been the
the greut fulllng
of the church
through the uges.
C!#22/$7&'#241,,#
- 155 -
+
'esus
wus Cod's
exuct
repllcu.
CG"1,1:$V()>#/
- 156 -
+
l belleve
ln the Cod whose
exuct lmprlnt
ls on dlspluy
gurgllng ln the munger,
urgulng ln the temple,
bleedlng on the cross.
l belleve ln the Cod
mude known ln
'esus...
CX6$!6$B21?"0
- 157 -
+
'esus ls
Cod slmpllfled,
Cod upprouchuble,
Cod understunduble,
Cod lovuble.
vhen l suy "Cod'
l thlnk 'esus.
And nothlng hlgher cun
be thought or suld!
'esus ls the lust
word thut cun be suld
ubout Cod.
$CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
- 158 -
+
ln 'esus,
Cod luy down on the
dlssectlon tuble,
us lt were,
stretched out
ln cruclform posture for
the scrutlny
of ull skeptlcs who
huve ever llved. '
CG"1,1:$V()>#/
- 159 -
+
'esus ls
the vord of Cod.
Ee ls not
the best vord.
Ee ls not
the ultlmute vord.
Ee ls not
the seul of serles of
lmprovlng words.
Ee ls the
vord.
CL50"&2$5)<)&%)
- 160 -
+
An old Chlnese scholur,
ufter llstenlng
for the flrst tlme to the
story of the lovlng,
sucrlflclng Cod,
exclulmed to hls nelghbor,
DS1-)K0$8$0#,,$/&5
$0"#2#$&5?"0$0&$.#$($$$$$$
9&-$,1<#$0"(0eE'
CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
- 161 -
+
1here ure muny thlngs
we cun't expluln.
Eowever now we huve
un explunutlon
of Cod's nuture÷
'esus Chrlst.
1here need never
be confuslon
ubout Elm uguln.
CN5?#)1($G21>#
- 162 -
+
'esus
cume to
reveul
the true fuce
of Cod.
Cg(41#2$L6$7()0('(21(
- 163 -
+
l know of
no Cod other
thun the one
culled 'esus
Chrlst.
CO(201)$J50"#2
- 164 -
+
Cod's totul
explunutlon
of Elmself to
mun ls 'esus
Chrlst.
CN5?#)1($G21>#
- 165 -
+
Anythlng thut
one lmuglnes of
Cod upurt from
Chrlst ls only use
less thlnklng und
vuln ldolutry.
CO(201)$J50"#2
- 166 -
+
lf l were to slt down
to try to thlnk out
the klnd of Cod
l would llke to see
ln the unlverse,
for the llfe of me,
l couldn't thlnk
of unythlng hlgher
thun thut Ee should be
llke Chrlst.
CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
- 167 -
+
vhut mukes
Chrlstlunlty
Chrlstlun
ls centerlng
ln Cod
us known
ln 'esus.
CO(2>5*$@6$A&2?
- 168 -
+
1he greutest
news thut hus
ever been broken
to the humun ruce
ls the news thut
Cod ls llke
Chrlst.
CN6$70(),#/$@&)#*
- 169 -
+
NLY to the extent
thut we resolve ln our
mlnds und heurts thut Cod
looks llke 'esus÷dylng u
Codforsuken deuth on the
cross ln order to open up
the fellowshlp of the per
fect, lovlng, trlune com
munlty÷cun we muke uny
progress ln expresslng
Cod's love ln our llves.
C92#?&2/$L6$A&/-
O
- 170 -
+
LCRCL 8uttrlck, former
chupluln ut Eurvurd, reculls
thut students would come lnto
hls offlce, plop down on u chulr
und declure: "l don't belleve ln
Cod.'
8uttrlck would glve thls dls
urmlng reply: "Slt down und
tell me whut klnd of Cod you
don't belleve ln. l probubly
don't belleve ln thut Cod el
ther.' And then he would tulk
ubout 'esus, the correctlve to
ull our ussumptlons ubout Cod.
CG"1,1:$V()>#/
G
- 171 -
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F#$1*$#4#2/0"1)?6
CCLCSSlANS -:¡¡ ('erusulem 8lble)
U
Your Christ
is too
cluttered
- 172 -
,
Cur greutest
need und Cod's
greutest glft to us,
ls to uwuken us
to the sufflclency,
supremucy,
und destlny,
of the Lord
'esus Chrlst.
CU(%)$G(21*"
- 173 -
,
1he one who
hus Chrlst hus
everythlng.
1he one who hus
everythlng except
for Chrlst reully
hus nothlng.
CL5?5*01)#$&+$F1::&
- 174 -
,
Restute to yourself
whut you belleve,
then do uwuy wlth
us much of lt
us posslble, und get
buck to the bedrock
of the Cross
of Chrlst.
CH*%(,-$I"('.#2*
- 175 -
,
1he rlsen vlctorlous
'esus . . . wus ull
the eurly Chrlstlun
communlty hud . . .
1hut's not rhetorlc:
thut's hlstory. 1hey
hud only 'esus und we
keep thlnklng thut
we need some
thlng else.
CA2#))()$O())1)?
- 176 -
,
ELRL ls only one re
lutlonshlp thut mut
ters, und thut ls your
personul relutlonshlp to
u personul redeemer und
Lord. Let everythlng else
go, but mulntuln thut ut
ull costs, und Cod wlll ful
flll Els purpose through
your llfe.
CH*%(,-$I"('.#2*
T
- 177 -
,
Cod ls
culllng us to un
undlstructed
pusslon for
Els Son.
CU(%)$G(21*"
- 178 -
,
l feur, lest some
how us the serpent
decelved
Lve by hls cruftlness,
so your mlnds muy
be corrupted from
the slmpllclty thut
ls ln Chrlst. '
CG(5,$0"#$L:&*0,#
- 179 -
,
ve must strlve
to proclulm u messuge thut
"reconverts" Chrlstluns
buck to Chrlst
for ALL thut Ee
ls÷trunsformlng
muny, once uguln, lnto
Persondrlven
dlsclples.
CS(41-$A2/()0
- 180 -
,
A#$!"&5$'/$41*1&);$
H$J&2-$&+$'/$"#(20$$
X(5?"0$.#$(,,$#,*#$0&$'#;$
7(4#$0"(0$!"&5$(20M$
!"&5$'/$.#*0$0"&5?"0$$$
A/$-(/$&2$./$)1?"0$
B(<1)?$&2$*,##:1)?;$
!"/$:2#*#)>#$'/$,1?"06
8th Century lrlsh hymn
- 181 -
,
Ee ls u puth, lf uny be mlsled,
Ee ls u robe, lf uny nuked be,
lf uny chunce to hunger,
Ee ls breud,
lf uny be u bondmun,
Ee ls free,
lf uny be but weuk,
Eow strong ls Ee,
1o deud men llfe Ee ls,
1o slck men heulth,
1o bllnd men slght,
And to the needy weulth,
A pleusure wlthout loss,
A treusure wlthout steulth.
$C91,#*$U,#0>"#2
- 182 -
,
Revlvul
ln lts essence ls
nothlng more
thun our flndlng
'esus
ufter huvlng
long struggled ln
other dlrectlons
und ut lust
flndlng Elm.
CQ&/$F#**1&)
- 183 -
,
F7/V'3('!:*5*'78(;:
vhen you cun't flgure out
whether to slt ut Els feet, wulk ln
u munner worthy of Els cull,
stund ln buttle, or run the ruce
wlth dlllgence,!"#!$%!#$&'!#(!)'#!
*+,-!#(!.'%/%!+0(1'!2!2!2
vhen you cun't even remember:
1he twentytwo churucterlstlcs of
u good wlfe or husbund, the
seven steps of uppeul to uuthor
lty, the elght thlngs to do when
you ure worrled, or the nlne wuys
of love,'"#!$%!#$&'!#(!)'#!*+,-!#(!!
.'%/%!+0(1'!2!2!2
- 184 -
,
vhen you heur: lt ls pre, mld,
post, u, or pun, don't tuke the
"murk," lt ls "tlme, tlme und hulf
u tlme," und you cun't get
through the next hour,'"#!$%!#$&'!
#(!)'#!*+,-!#(!.'%/%!+0(1'!2!2!2
vhen you heur testlmonles of
others: rulslng the deud, pruylng
ull nlght, fustlng forty duys, leud
lng thousunds to the Lord, und
memorlzlng the entlre 8lble, und
you heur lt through someone
who husn't done uny of lt,'"#!$%!
#$&'!#(!)'#!*+,-!#(!.'%/%!+0(1'!2!2!2
- 185 -
,
vhen you heur: huve fulth, work
hurd, repent, conquer, glve, suf
fer, sucrlflce, evungellze, muke
dlsclples, wult on Elm, wulk ln
Elm, plck up your cross, clulm
your possesslons, und pruy, und
you feel pulled then dlfferent dl
rectlons on u ruck, "#!$%!#$&'!#(!
)'#!*+,-!#(!.'%/%!+0(1'!2!2!2
$ C@1'$O(/
- 186 -
,
EAvL u dreum thut the
centrullty und supremucy
of 'esus Chrlst wlll be the fo
cus, the mulnstuy, und the
pursult of every Chrlstlun und
every church. And thut Cod's
deur people wlll no longer be
obsessed wlth splrltuul und re
llglous thlngs to the polnt of
dlvlslon. 8ut thut thelr obses
slon und pursult would be u
person÷the Lord 'esus Chrlst.
CU2()<$]1&,(
I
- 187 -
,
LL the thlngs l once
thought were so lm
portunt huve turned to
dust. Nothlng cun com
pure wlth the unspeuk
uble prlvllege of knowlng
Chrlst 'esus us my Muster:
l've thrown lt ull uwuy so
thut l cun embruce 'esus
und be embruced by Elm.
CG(5,$0"#$L:&*0,#$
c:(2(:"2(*#d
A
- 188 -
,
1here ls nothlng
worth llvlng for
but Elm,
und Els lovlngklndness
ls better
thun llfe.
CI"(2,#*$F6$7:52?#&)
- 189 -
,
All we need
ure heurts thut
wlll not be
sutlsfled
wlth somethlng
or someone less
thun Elm.
CU2()>1*$U2()?1:(?)#
- 190 -
,
ve must never
uguln ullow
ourselves to
be dlstructed
from the
slmpllclty
of devotlon to
Chrlst Elmself.
CQ1><$@&/)#2
- 191 -
-
The End
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- 192 -
!
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