“The missionary event” by Michael Horton

“The Word that is preached, taught, sung, and prayed, along with baptism and the Eucharist, not only prepare us for mission; it is itself the missionary event, as visitors are able to hear and see the gospel that it communicates and the communion that it generates.”

–Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims On the Way (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 902.

“What a wondrous thing” by Michael Horton

“What a wondrous thing it is that even though Jesus Christ has been exalted to the throne of God, absent from us in the flesh, we may nevertheless only now be united to Him in a manner far more intimate than the fellowship enjoyed by the disciples with Jesus during His earthly ministry.

Having united Himself to us in our flesh, in our sins, in our suffering and death, He now unites us to Himself in His new-creation life by His Spirit.”

–Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims On the Way (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), 587.

“On the receiving end” by Michael S. Horton

“The church is always on the receiving end in its relationship to Christ; it is never the redeemer, but always the redeemed; never the head, but always the body; never the ruler, but always the ruled.”

–Michael S. Horton, People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology (Louisville, KY: Westminster, 2008), 31.