‘…a doctrine of the Christian life in which a doctrine of obedience lives within a true doctrine of grace.’
This was Andrew Katay’s final proposal to our combined La Trobe Uni CU and Sydney Uni EU mission team on the weekend.
On the one side, we’ll need to do the kind of job people like Tim Keller call for when they argue that our progress in the Christian life is a matter of ‘going deeper’ with God’s grace in Christ.
We don’t start with grace before moving on to something ‘higher’ (like ascetic techniques for defeating sin).
On the other side, we’ll need to carefully articulate a doctrine of grace that guards against any suggestion that salvation is about God ‘letting us off the hook’ — e.g., that our forgiveness means that we can safely have nothing to do with God!
In short, we need to tease out how the appearing of God’s grace, which brings salvation to all, trains us ‘to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ’ (Titus 2.12-13).
Do you agree?