The Entire Book of Exodus is Shaped by Grace

The entire book of Exodus is shaped by grace.  Grace is seen in the people God uses, the people God redeems, and the way God redeems them.  If there ever was clear evidence that God saves people based on who He is and not what what we have done, it’s the exodus from Egypt.  God doesn’t rescue His people from Egypt because they are righteous.  They aren’t fasting, praying, or even living righteously while in slavery.  They aren’t on their knees, seeking the Lord.  In fact, the Bible tells us they are on their knees worshipping idols.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 68

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It Runs Wild and Free

You can’t domesticate charis.  It runs wild and free.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 52

Grace is Everywhere

Grace is everywhere in the creation account. It’s in the rocks; it’s in the trees; it’s in the sky and under the sea.  Grace is the gift of creation given to humanity.

God gave us creation.  He made a cosmic playground and then told us to play.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 37

It Isn’t Playing Hide & Seek in the Old Testament…It’s On Every Page…

The Old Testament is all about grace.  You can’t understand grace apart from the Old Testament, and you can’t understand the Old Testament without understanding grace.  If you read the Old Testament and aren’t kindled and confronted by the scandal of grace, then you need to go back and read it again.  You missed it.  If you see only wrath and judgment, then you’ve missed the best part, the main plot, the primary message.  Grace is the spine that holds the whole thing together.  Look at any story, any chapter, and you’ll find a story of God’s relentless pursuit of His rebellious children.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 26

Grace is So Much More than You Ever Knew, Believed or Imagined

Grace is more than just leniency and unconditional acceptance.  Divine grace is God’s relentless and loving pursuit of His enemies, who are unthankful, unworthy, and unlovable.  Grace is not just God’s ability to save sinners, but God’s stubborn delight in His enemies – yes, even the creepy ones.  Grace means that despite our filth, despite the sewage running through our veins, despite our odd addiction to food, drink, sex, porn, pride, self, money, comfort and success, God desires to transform us into real ingredients of divine happiness.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 24

Too Many Qualifications

In my experience, there are way too many “yes, grace, but…” qualifications to this risky truth [of grace-based salvation and living], and they usually end up offending grace and celebrating our response to God.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 16

In an Economy of Grace…

In an economy of grace, there is enough to go around.  The Father’s love and generosity are not scarce,  His table is brimming with luxurious fare.  That is why we invite those who cannot repay us.  After all, it is not our table, but his.  It is Christ who speaks to us today in the words of the prophet (Isaiah 55:1-2)

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 197