Follow along with the Sunday Message
Summary: What's at stake?
“…I believe in the Christian convictions about Jesus (for example, he was the Son of God who rose from the dead) are true, I am not drawn to Jesus only by the truth. I am drawn to Jesus by his beauty and his goodness.” (Chapter 1, page 10)
Luke 24:31-53 (ESV)
The Magnificent Story.
Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness & Truth.
What’s at Stake?
Chapter 2 – Falling For Shrunken Stories
God’s Kingdom is ever warmly expanding in us, through us,
all around us and way beyond us.
How to get the most out of this book.
Gospel Story 1: The Do-Good-Works Gospel
The False Narrative
“…shrunken story… This story is too small. It is centered on humans, who are puny.”
Gospel Story 2: The Shaming and Scary Gospel
The False Narrative
The story of Fred. Sinner’s prayer. (the right way to be saved)
From spiritual breathing to panting to hyperventilating.
You are bad. God’s mad. Jesus takes your blame. Believe. Heaven.
Light bulb moment: neither good nor beautiful nor true.
Why These Stories Have Such Staying Power
Three reasons but bottom line:
“…they make God small and mean.”
Are These Stories True?
Are These Stories Good or Beautiful?
“Within the beautiful – the whole person quivers.”
Do you ever quiver? More than once?
“We need a story that makes us quiver, not with fear but with delight. We need a story so big that we will never be able to grasp it, so vast that it can handle the darkness of evil and suffering, so immense that it can make sense of cancer and terrorism.” (page 31)
What is at stake in getting the story wrong?
“These stories are too small because they start with us.”
Last paragraph of Chapter 2 (pages 32-33)
Soul Training Exercise: Goodness.
“This week please focus on goodness.”
Let’s be real: There will be ugliness. You may try to be gooder.
Next Week: Chapter 3 – Participating in the Trinity
Abba Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit – Yes, Yes, Yes
Last call for summer trip to Thailand
July 23 – August 2