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.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Revolution against the Meritocracy: The Surprising Way of Jesus 13
Part 1 What Goodness Isn't
Chapter 1 Soul Songs: The Life You've Always Wanted 27
Chapter 2 My Jesus Mercy: We All Stand in Need of Grace 47
Chapter 3 A Good Impossibility: Why Man-Made Goodness Just Doesn't Cut It 63
Chapter 4 Anamorphic Pride: When Good Becomes Bad 75
Chapter 5 Of Hawks and Doves: The Transformation of Repentance 85
Part 2 Authentic Goodness
Chapter 6 The Good Solution: From Performing to Abiding 97
Chapter 7 Grilled Grace: Why Your Failure Is Never Final 111
Chapter 8 The Greatest Performance Act in History: The Resurrection Is for Us 123
Part 3 Living in and Reflecting God's Performance-Free Love
Chapter 9 The Most Difficult Math Problem in the World: Practicing Forgiveness 135
Chapter 10 The Indicator Light of the Kingdom: Practicing Generosity 153
Chapter 11 God's Got You: Practicing Peace over Worry 163
Chapter 12 The Mural of God's Performance-Free Love: Practicing Marriage 175
Chapter 13 Saved from Ourselves: A Way Out of Crushing Performance 191
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve followed the ministry of Pastor Bryan Loritts since his days at Fellowship Memphis and I was excited to hear of his new book, “Saving the Saved.” As the son of pastor Dr. Crawford Loritts, Bryan grew up in the church surrounded by the culture that so many church people grew up in. With that background in mind Bryan addresses an issue that is rampant throughout the “churched” culture. The issue is, is that our security and salvation is tied up or contingent upon our morally based choices and behavior. That somehow, we must earn God’s favor and our position before Him. In Saving the Saved Bryan confronts the performance based beliefs that so many “church people” hold onto so dearly using the gospel of Matthew as a guideline and backdrop for what God’s message truly is. In this book, he leads the reader through what goodness isn’t as well as what goodness is and looks like. But unlike many books, he doesn’t stop there. He offers practical everyday application on what it looks like to live free in the security of a relationship of Jesus Christ. Through humorous anecdotes and personal recollections Bryan shares the transition from merit-based religion to life changing freedom that can only come from the good news that we are free in Christ and loved not based on our doing but by God’s choosing. This book is a great book for the individual or for use by a small group and even for congregations. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”