Theme of the Week: The Good News That God Doesn’t Believe In You
Bible Verse: “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3, CSB
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1: 1-15
This week, we have explored the good news that God doesn’t believe in you. We have learned how freeing this great news is! Here are some of the highlights:
Jesus is Your Savior, not your Cheerleader
Rather than encouraging us to believe in ourselves, the Spirit gives us faith to trust in the Lord who remains faithful, even “if we are faithless . . . for he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim. 2:13). Rather than telling us to look within and tap into our potential, he’s hard at work “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Heb. 12:2 NIV).
The “big-L” and “little-l” Laws
Like a mirror, it constantly throws our flawed perfection back at us. And not only the “big-L” Laws like the Ten Commandments but the “little-l” laws as well. “Little-l” laws are the demands we feel every day from our culture, those around us, or ourselves.
Life Is Not About Us
One of the best gifts we can receive is the failure to put trust in ourselves. One of the most important truths to learn is that God doesn’t believe in us. He is the one who is trustworthy. He doesn’t believe in us; he does something profoundly better: he loves us.
God Meets Us Where We Are
If the Gospel is about anything, it is about the God who meets us where we are, not where we ought to be—‘while we were still sinners.’
In Jesus Only
In Jesus only do we become the people we were created to be. The Father’s children. His holy family. There is the good life, for we become part of the body of the good and gracious Savior.
Excerpted from Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life by Chad Bird, Copyright 2019, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, used by permission.
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