AWANA Champions and Soccer Moms Included

At the height of his morality, King David plummeted to the valley of wickedness, and it began with one bad decision.  Sin, pain loneliness and twisted sexual sins are crouching at our door waiting to pounce on us.  Yet we – through the power and grace of God – must master them.  We would all be streetwalkers were it not for the grace of God.  Awana champions and soccer moms included.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page  96-97

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God Hijacks and Bends Evil…

God hijacks and bends evil to work peace and healing.  If God were only a God of justice, He could punish evil but do no more.  Only a God of grace can use our evil to work His good.  God’s grace is so much bigger than our sin.  Sometimes He’ll let us pursue our idolatry until it kills us.  Then He will resurrect us and turn our evil into testimonies of God’s grace.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 85-86

Its All Grace

Grace sometimes hides its tender favor in order to execute God’s plan of redemption.  Not all the warriors are redeemed by God’s grace, yet grace is what empowers them, despite their sin, to carry out God’s will – sometimes unknowingly (Judges 14:4).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 84

Grace, On the Other Hand…

Grace, on the other hand, means that God is pursuing you.  That God forgives you.  Then God sanctifies you.

When you are apathetic toward God, He is never apathetic toward you.

When you don’t desire to pray and talk to God, He never grows tired of talking to you.

When you forget to read your Bible and listen to God, He is always listening to you.

Grace means that your spirituality is upheld by God’s stubborn enjoyment of you.  So we should learn to speak of our spirituality in the passive voice – not as someone who acts but primarily as someone who has been acted upon by a God who defines Himself as the One who “justifies the ungodly” (Romans 4:5).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 76

God Furiously Pursues Wicked People

The charis of God furiously pursues wicked people.  Charis stubbornly delights in repugnant rebels.  And God’s charis moves Him to descend with joy into the tent so that He can be in an intimate relationship with His image-bearing – albeit calf-worshiping – masterpieces of creation (Exodus 40:34).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 73

We Have a God Who is Far, Yet Very Near

That’s what Exodus 25-31 is all about.  The details aren’t that exciting.  But the theological point is astonishing.  The instructions to build a tabernacle show that our holy God desires to be in relationship with us – even if it means living in a tent.  We don’t go to God; God comes to us.  We can try to build a tower into heavens to reach Him…um, or maybe not.  We have a God who is far, yet very near.  Transcendent and intimate.  He ventures into our murky space to relate with us.  After all, you’ve got to plunge your hands into the sewage to fix the drain.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 71

This Is Why God Delivers Israel from Egypt

God is transcendent.  He has the raw ability to part seas in two.  God is also intimate.  He’ll bring you through the stormy seas and embrace you on the other side.  He doesn’t  help you see if you first muster the will to help yourself.  God rescues sinners, losers, victims – those who know they can’t help themselves.  And this is why God delivers Israel from Egypt.  Israel is unlovable.  So God loves the Israelites.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 69