Sunday, December 28, 2014
His Amazing Grace
I finished reading Jesus+Nothing=Everything by Tullian Tchividjian, wow! This book has helped me see the Gospel in a whole new way!!! God sized freedom = amazing grace!! It is finished, so relax and rejoice!! Jesus+Nothing=Everything; Everything-Jesus=Nothing! To live is Christ; to die is gain~Philippians 1:21 God loves us, nothing we can do to change that, we have a God-centered core!
Seeing this for first time ...Colossians 3:4 When Christ WHO is your Life (not part of your life)… When you have Christ through salvation, you are like Jesus!! So you will want to do as Jesus would do, we will no longer have desire to sin, but we will, because we are not perfect, but one day will be, because of Jesus! God loves us and wants nothing but to have us and Jesus made the way for that. All we need to do is have a relationship and follow Jesus! I grew up thinking God was a God who punished and wasn’t full of grace. Grace (and truth) is what is preached at our church and something that has taken me some time to really grasp. We have such an amazing God!!! Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
”We need to do more than sing "Amazing Grace. We need to be repeatedly amazed by grace.” ~ R.C. Sproul
Here are some of my notes, quotes, and Bible scripture from the book….
Jesus+Nothing=Everything “He is the rock for which you are longing, he is the One who alone is able to give you the sense that all is well. And as you abandon your hop in the mirage rocks of this fallen world, and begin to hunger for the true rock, He will reach out, and place you on solid ground.”
“-because Jesus was strong for me, I was free to be weak
-because Jesus was for me, I was free to lose
- because Jesus was someone, I was free to be no one
-because Jesus was extraordinary, I was free to be ordinary
-because Jesus succeeded for me, I was free to fail.”
Colossians 1:15-20 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him ALL things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross…Jesusplusnothing=everything
Psalm 16:11 In your presence there is fullness of JOY, at your right hand are pleasures forever more.
John 1:16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
“For freedom Christ has set us free and that must include letting go of the burden of having to become a better you.”
“The gospel of amazing grace gets us in, keeps us in, and will eventually get us to the finish line. It’s all of grace!”
“It’s the gospel (what Jesus has done) that alone can give God-honoring animation to our obedience. The power to obey comes from being moved and motivated by the completed work of Jesus for us. The fuel to do good flaws from what’s already been done. So again, while the law directs us, only the gospel can drive us.”
“The law is like a set of railroad tracks. The tracks provide us power for the train but the train must stay on the tracks in order to function. The law never gives any power to do what it commands. Only the gospel has power, as it were, to move the train.”
Sinclair Ferguson… “The evangelical orientation is inward and subjective. We are far better at looking inward than we are at looking outward. Instead we need to expand our energies admiring, exploring, expositing, and extolling Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:1 There is therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. “The irony, of course is that it’s only when we stop obsessing over our own need to be holy and focus instead on the beauty of Christ’s holiness that we can actually become more holy! Not to mention that we also start to become a lot easier to live with.”
“It’s so important to understand that Christianity is not first about our getting better, our obedience, our behavior and our daily victory over remaining sin, as important as all these are. It’s first about JESUS! It’s about his person and substitutionary work-his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, ascension, session and promised return. We have justified and sanctified, by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone.”
“The gospel’s secret of maturity is this…we become more spiritually mature when we focus less on what we need to do for God and focus more on all that God has already done for us.”
“We perform better in life as we grow in understanding that our relationship with God is based on Christ’s performance for us, not on our own performance for him. We mature when we focus less on our performance for Jesus and more on Jesus’s performance for us….Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling.”