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.
|About the Contributor(s)||Bryan Loritts
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.
|Publish Date||Oct 11, 2016|
- Review by Jordan Wootten
I was drawn to this book for a couple of reasons: 1) I’ve grown to really appreciate Bryan Loritts and his voice by simply following him on Twitter, so my interest was piqued when I learned that he had written a book; 2) The title of this book is incredibly provocative and appealed to me because I tend to struggle with the content that Loritts tackles in the book, this “performance-based” Christianity that he speaks of. As a reader, I was not let-down by this book.
Before I get into the content of Saving the Saved, let me first commend the author because his style is interesting, winsome, pastoral, and a lot of fun at appropriate places within the book. His use of analogy is wise and helpful, and really helped to put a picture with a lot of concepts that I tend to struggle to “see” in my mind. On style alone, this was a “flowy,” easy book to read.
I found the content really helpful. I do tend to struggle with performance-based Christianity, so Loritts’ take and teaching served me well and I’m sure serves/will continue to serve readers well also. I do feel like this book is being used to help squash the cycle of guilt that me and others like me feel when our performance doesn’t quite line up with the expectation of perfection that we place on ourselves and, likewise, to increase our joy and assurance. It’s worth picking up for that reason alone, and many others. (Posted on 12/15/2016)