Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love  -     By: Bryan Loritts
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Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love

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Are you a spiritual scorekeeper? Learn the simplicity of surrender! Offering a lifeline to those living in a world of "try-harder Christianity," Loritts explores the Gospel of Matthew's message---which was directed at a class of Jews who thought they had it all together. Discover how to embrace performance-free living for a future defined by grace. 208 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0310344999
ISBN-13: 9780310344995

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White-knuckling can never get you where you want to go. But grace can.

You already know because you’ve tried: repeated attempts to earn God’s love and approval get you nowhere and leave you exhausted. When performance taints our relationship with him, the Christian life can turn into an unholy hustle. It was never meant to be like this.

In Saving the Saved, Pastor Bryan Loritts reveals the astonishing truth that God doesn’t want your spiritual scorekeeping. He simply wants your surrender. The punchline of the gospel of Matthew is just that—a message of grace and performance-free love to do-good, try-harder Jews who thought they had to earn their way into God’s favor. It’s an ancient message, yet it can be a lifeline to us today as we live in a world of performance metrics. Just as Matthew wrote to the Jews in his gospel, we were never meant to flounder under the pressures and anxieties of show Christianity. Make no mistake: we are called to live in obedience, but Jesus wants us to save us from the illusion that our actions can ever earn God’s acceptance of us.

In Pastor Bryan’s relevant, uncompromising style, Saving the Saved proclaims the good news that once the pressure is off to perform, we are free to abide. Beyond the man-made rules and the red tape, there is a God who knows you by name. Come and meet him as you’ve never known him before.

Author Bio

Bryan Loritts is the lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Silicon Valley.  A graduate of Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia College of Bible) and Talbot School of Theology, Bryan Loritts was recently voted one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders. He is the co-founder of Fellowship Memphis—a multi-ethnic church where Bryan served for eleven years, helping it to grow from twenty-six people in a living room to several thousand. Pastor Bryan also served as pastor for preaching and mission at Trinity Grace Church in New York City, and is the author of several books.  He is the President of the Kainos Movement, an organization aimed at establishing the multi-ethnic church in America as the new normal, and sits on the Board of Trustees for Biola University and Board of Directors for Pine Cove.  He is the husband of Korie and proud father of three boys: Quentin, Myles, and Jaden.  You can follow Pastor Bryan on Twitter @bcloritts.

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Relatable. Fresh. Freeing. Saving the Saved is a brilliant book that reminds us of the truth that we are in need of a Savior, not a system. If you have ever felt like you can’t be good enough or can’t check off enough boxes, then you need to read this book. The gospel doesn’t restrict us; it frees us!
Bryan Loritts is a highly gifted communicator of grace. This book can be your next step into a more grace-filled life.
Meritocracy has crept its way into our culture, our churches, and if I’m honest, at times into my own life and ministry. I’m so glad my friend Bryan Loritts has given you and me a biblically rooted escape from our never-ending quest to equate who we are with what we do. I need to keep rereading this book.
The wonderful and often forgotten good news for Christians is that Jesus’ last words on the cross, “It is finished,” are also the first words spoken over us as we begin our lives with Him. Everything we need in order to secure God’s approval, Jesus has secured for us through his life, death, burial, and resurrection. When our hearts and imaginations are attuned with these realities, we gain the power to serve God, knowing we are already loved, versus slaving out of fear that we might not be loved. In this masterfully compelling, deeply pastoral, and sorely needed book, Bryan Loritts leads us toward a freedom that, in Jesus, is already ours.
Bryan Loritts is one of the most thoughtful and biblical leaders I know. In Saving the Saved, he cuts to the heart of what the gospel is all about, offering good news not just to sinners but to the self-righteous as well. A freeing and engaging book.
If you’re looking for a commentary on Matthew’s gospel that exegetically deep dives into the theological abyss of the former tax collector’s version of the life of the Man whose call led him to leave his business profession, put this book down. If you’re looking for an investigative journey into the practicality and profundity of the power of pure, performance-less love, welcome to the ride!
If you’re a perfectionist and workaholic like me and have struggled to be embraced by grace, this is the book for you. Saving the Saved invites us to move beyond our addiction to self-reliance and swim anew in the ocean of God’s unmerited love. Bryan Loritts reminds us there is freedom from a salvation-economy of meritocracy into the marvelous gospel of grace.
If your faith feels more like duty than joy---and no matter how much you do for God, it never seems to be enough---then this book is for you. In a fresh, relevant, and authentic style, Bryan Loritts helps those of us who are driven, performance-oriented Christians to experience the rest, freedom, and love God longs for us to share. I wish I had read this thirty years ago.
Saving the Saved isn’t so much a book as a window giving a direct view into the heart of the gospel. On page after page, Bryan Loritts shows us that on our best day we all need the same thing: grace! He paints a brilliant picture of what it means to trust God with our failures and our successes. Saving the Saved is an absolute must-read!

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    This book explains many common mistakes that Christians make: primarily trying to work our way into God's affection, which just leaves us all exhausted. Instead, he proposes ways in which we can live happily in God's performance-free love, while serving him out of love and not duty. He explains the importance of still doing service and good works, but we should be doing them out of a love for God, not because we're trying to earn his favor (because that just won't work). We do these things because of, in response to, God's love.

    Serving God will usually require you to make sacrifices in your life, whether that's giving away money and possessions, or simply forgiving a person when they've really hurt you. While it usually seems to go against our nature to do these things, Loritts explains how important it still is, and though it may be uncomfortable or even hurt for a time, with God we need to do it, and he will bring us through it.

    One extremely important message that I took from this is that failure isn't final. There are so many examples from the Bible that Loritts gives that shows us that no matter how bad we mess up, or how many times, God will still love us, and we are able to change and come back to Him.

    Bryan Loritts has a very friendly tone and uses many personal examples to explain a lot of his concepts, which I always appreciate. To me, that type of writing is so much easier to relate to and apply to your own life. It reads like a friend giving you advice and being completely honest, rather than a textbook pointing out your faults and telling you that you need to shape up while pretending that they've never made those mistakes.

    I gave this book 4/5 stars. I really did enjoy it, and I learned a lot from it. It's funny how a book like this can come into your life at the perfect time for your situation- it definitely did for me. I would definitely recommend this book.

    *I received a copy of this from the publisher via BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
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    Saving the saved by Bryan Loritts

    Pastor Bryan Loritts in his new book, Saving the Saved, brings to the foreground two twin themes that will help readers in their journey of faith; one, the kingdom of this world is a meritocracy and two, Jesus kicked this meritocracy to the curb and calls us his children, not dependent upon all of our vain efforts. Bryan speaks to those who have fallen on hard times and those who are smooth smiling, his goal is to refuse to have our joy tethered to the external events of life or to our personal strivings to measure up. (22)

    One short sentence sums up what Bryan is trying to teach us in chapter one. After looking at Gods loving kindness and mercy, Bryan writes, God didnt wait for me to get cleaned up before he loved mePerformance-free, unshakeable love. (39) The quote he looks to is from Romans 5:8 and Bryan focuses on the while we were yet sinners, the mercy and love of God goes down deep to save us while we are enmity with God. Its a joy that God reached down and saved us in our wickedness because our strivings to become right before God always fail, we go up and down in a quest for holiness and fail to see our Savior.

    Bryan brings out a concept of third-way theology that I also believe is deadly in our churches. Third-way theology glosses over sin, extramarital affairs, greed, and add just enough Jesus to your life to make you acceptable (90-91). This kind of living is deadly because it seeks to put one foot in the world and one in the kingdom, but we know that Jesus says we cannot serve two masters. Bryan gives two indicators of a performance-free living for Christ; do I grieve over my sin and does this grieving lead to a full change (repentance)? These two things go hand in hand.

    I really enjoyed this book and also enjoyed learning from Bryans father many years ago. This book will bring grace to people in the midst of a merit based culture.

    Thanks to BookLookBloggers for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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