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  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    The Babylonians sought to be a great nation and a blessed people, great in name, protected from their enemies, and the centerpiece of world affairs.43 But they pursued their aims apart from faith and apart from God. So God called one of them, Abram, out into covenant with himself and promised to give to Abram, by his gracious provision, all that the Babylonians had strived for. Therefore, God is showing that our hope cannot rest in the efforts of sinners to save and bless themselves. Rather, our only hope is to be found in entering into covenant relationship with God by faith.
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    The food we eat, the air we breathe, the streets we walk, the cars we drive, the books we read, the buildings we erect, the universities we establish—all these good things in life have been possible because God constantly upholds a safe place for humanity to multiply and have dominion.
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    Perhaps The Jesus Storybook Bible for children says it best of all: “God loves us with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”24
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    Hesed is God’s lovingkindness—the consistent, ever-faithful, relentless, constantly pursuing, lavish, extravagant, unrestrained, one-way love of God. It is often translated as covenant love, lovingkindness, mercy, steadfast love, loyal love, devotion, commitment, or reliability.
    Note: God of covenant...
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    When we sin as the image bearers of God, we are saying to the whole creation, to all of nature under our dominion, to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field: “This is how God is. This is how your Creator behaves. Look in his mirror; look at us, and you will see the character of the Almighty.” We say to the world, “God is covetous; God is ruthless; God is bitter; God is a murderer, a thief, a slanderer, an adulterer. God is all of these things that we are doing.”115
    Note: Wow...pointed!
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    Ed Welch says, “Sin is madness or insanity. It is irrational, delusional, unreasonable. It makes absolutely no sense in light of God’s love toward us.”111
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    The world is our external enemy that tempts us to sin against God. What is meant by the term world in its negative sense? The world is an organized system in opposition and rebellion against God.
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    because mirroring God is the essence of our true humanity, as we reflect his glory we discover the source of our deepest joy, even when life hurts the most.
    Note: a summary statement on purpose
  • DanPulliam shared from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll, Gerry Breshears
    Sadly, too often we look at sinful people—cracked mirrors—as our standard for what a truly holy imaging life is. Or we define noble qualities apart from Jesus and then aspire to them rather than imitating him.