Gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture.  The doctrines of grace create a culture of grace, healing, revival, because Jesus himself touches us through his truths.  Without the doctrines, the culture alone is fragile.  Without the culture, the doctrines alone appear pointless.

The doctrine of regeneration creates a culture of humility (Ephesians 2:1-9).

The doctrine of justification creates a culture of inclusion (Galatians 2:11-16).

The doctrine of reconciliation creates a culture of peace (Ephesians 2:14-16).

The doctrine of sanctification creates a culture of life (Romans 6:20-23).

The doctrine of glorification creates a culture of hope (Romans 5:2).

If we want this culture to thrive, we can’t take doctrinal short cuts.  If we want this doctrine to be credible, we can’t disregard the culture.  But churches where the doctrine and culture converge bear living witness to the power of Jesus.

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6 thoughts on “My favorite post in 2010”

  1. Dane says:

    Outstanding Pop.

  2. Paul Zahl says:

    This is a WONDERFUL post!
    Every word in it is healing, hopeful, and just full of heart.

  3. Erik says:

    Fantastic post…especially the final line:

    “But churches where the doctrine and culture converge bear living witness to the power of Jesus.”

    Thank you for providing us readers such Christ-centered, God-glorifying, Cross-focused, Gospel-saturated quotes.

    I thoroughly enjoy them!

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Ray Ortlund


Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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