In my Monday night small group, we are working through the book “Pure Desire” by Ted Roberts, and the accompanying workbook. It is really great material.
Here are a few random quotations that really struck me from last week’s readings:
“Grace is not a doctrine or a theological concept. It is a person — Jesus Christ.”
“Your performance didn’t ultimately determine if you were a sinner and your performance didn’t ultimately determine if you are a saint.”
“Your view of God is the most important thing in your life. How you see yourself in God’s sight is everything. For example, how do you see yourself? Are you a sinner who struggles to love God? Or are you a lover of God who struggles with sin? The more incorrect your view of God the more rigid and legalistic you become. If you have a punitive view of God, as most Americans do, then you will only see yourself as a loser in God’s sight, not a lover of God. This will set you up to become mad at Go.”
“Scripture declares you are a sinner, not because you sin; you sin because you are a sinner.”
“And that is why Jesus proclaimed, ‘I will never leave you.’ (John 14:18) I don’t know if you have realized this yet, that verse is not only a promise but it is a threat. Jesus is promising you if you think you are ever going to escape being loved by him, well you better think again!”
“The evidence of God’s scandalous love is overwhelming in the New Testament, yet so many church people get it turned upside down. Of course, this is an absolute killer for individuals caught in the grip of… bondages. Your hope is only found in being gripped by His grace. But why do church folks get it so twisted? I think for the simple reason that it’s just too good to be true. But it is true! That is why we call it the Gospel, the good news. The Gospel is something our finite human brains just can’t get a grip on, but our hearts can, once we realize God doesn’t condemn us.”