This book was good for me. I struggle with being an elder brother, with being a Pharisee. I think a lot of people in the church do. For those of us who struggle with being Pharisees, Keller has important words for us. Our self-righteousness will never get us anywhere and in fact, may serve as a barrier. You see, when we think that if we are just good enough, we won't depend upon grace and will then refuse to go into the feast.
- If the preaching of our ministers and the practice of our parishoners do not have the same effect on people that Jesus had, then we must not be declaring the same message that Jesus did (18-19)
- The father is saying, "I'm not going to wait until you've paid off your debt; I'm not going to wait until you've duly groveled. You are not going to earn your way back into my family, I am going to simply take you back. I will cover your nakedness, poverty, and rags with the robes of my office and honor." (26)
- The prerequisite for receiving the grace of God is to know that you need it. (52).
- Perhaps the clearest symptom of this lack of assurance is a dry prayer life (72).
- Jesus came to bring festival joy (120).
- What makes you faithful or generous is not a redoubled effort to follow moral rules. Rather all change comes from deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ and living out the changes that understanding creates in your heart (133).