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.
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