Christ Community Brookside
Vices & Virtues - April 30 | Brookside
Habits of Life and Death - 9:00 & 10:45am
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  • Christ Community - Brookside Campus
    400 W 67 St, Kansas City, MO 64113, United States
    Saturday 3:00 AM
Title: Habits of Life and Death
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:1-15
Speaker: Anthony Emerson, AnthonyE@ChristCommunityKC.org


>> Run after virtue or be trampled by vice.
>> Vice doesn’t wait for your attention.
>> Virtue doesn’t grow on trees.
>> Christ doesn’t stop at forgiveness.
“The difference between virtue and vice is this: anybody can learn a vice; all you have to do is to go into neutral, slide along with the way stuff is going, and before too long, certain habits of life will have you in their grip. You don’t have to think about it, you don’t have to try; it’ll happen. But virtue, you have to think about...you have to make the decision to be a certain kind of person...Virtue is what happens when you make a thousand small decisions consciously thought out so that on the thousand and first occasion, you will unhesitatingly and instinctively - by second nature - act virtuously. Nobody does it by nature. Some people, thank God, do it by second nature.” - N.T. Wright
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." - C.S. Lewis
“The steamship whose machinery is broken may be brought into port and made fast to the dock. She is safe, but not sound. Repairs may last a long time. Christ designs to make us both safe and sound. [The forgiveness of our sins] gives the first - safety; [growth in virtue] gives the second - soundness.” - A.H. Strong
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