Let This Point Soak In

This point needs to soak into your bones, because we have a natural desire to cover our shame with guilt instead of grace.  Guilt drags along behind us like a ball and chain, even though God has shattered the chain with a cross.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 168

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Its All Grace

The incarnation is not just a warm-up to the cross and resurrection; it’s an essential part of the drama.  It’s part of God’s tattoo.  God, out of His own free choice (grace), took the initiative (grace) to step down into our humanity (grace) – and not just any part of humanity, but one clothed with humility and shame (grace) – in order to bridge the gap between God and man (grace) and therefore reclaim that genuine relationship He desires with us (grace).

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 141

He Has Been There

The incarnation is a powerful demonstration of grace, since it shows that GOd doesn’t care for our needs but loves us to the point of experiencing our needs.  He not only knows our pain, but He has felt our pain.  He not only knows when we feel lonely, discouraged, scared or exhausted – He has been there.  (II Corinthians 8:9)

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 140

The Incarnation Colors Our View of Grace

Jesus didn’t just float through life, scoffing at temptation as though it were spoiled milk.  His obedience was an agonizing trial that He learned through prayer, perseverance and many tears (sound familiar?).  Jesus was human.  The incarnation colors our black and white view of grace.  The incarnation takes Edenic intimacy to new Himalayan heights.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 138-139

 

The Body of Evidence

Jesus came into our world as a man to embody grace.  He left us, the church, to be the body of Christ, not a flock of parakeets that repeat Christian jargon but the ongoing in-the-fresh presence of His grace.  We are the evidence that God’s grace is more than just words.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 125

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