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Publication Date: 2016
White-knuckling can never get you where you want to go. But grace can.
You already know because youve tried: repeated attempts to earn Gods 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 doesnt want your spiritual scorekeeping. He simply wants your surrender. The punchline of the gospel of Matthew is just thata message of grace and performance-free love to do-good, try-harder Jews who thought they had to earn their way into Gods favor. Its 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 Gods acceptance of us.
In Pastor Bryans 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 youve never known him before.
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 Memphisa 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.
HeidiMarie4 Stars Out Of 5Saving the SavedNovember 30, 2016HeidiMarieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
sheep23St. Charles, MOAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5performance free livingNovember 17, 2016sheep23St. Charles, MOAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saving 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.