Charis – God’s Scandalous Grace for Us: (A Quote from the Book): “…when we want God to love us, we turn up the performance dial. We sleep less; we read more; we throw away our movies; we cleanse our iPods of all secular music; we work, and work, and work. But we can’t make God love us. God is not like you and me. God is transcendent. And His love is fundamentally different from ours. Even though our love is fueled by conditions…God’s love flows from His transcendent and intimate character. He loves you because of who He is and because of what He has done, not because of what you do or don’t do.”
Table Talk: Why is it that so many Christians get caught up in works when it comes to their love for God? Many base their faith on this type of performance mentality. As a result, they shut themselves down pretty quickly, thinking that they can either never measure up or that they can’t do enough to “make it in.”
Table Talk Discussion Questions: Do you think that there is a spiritual disconnect that comes with this type of works or performance mentality? Discuss.
Table Talk Charis Challenge: Study James 2:14-26 thoroughly. (Refer to additional Bible study resources to gain a more comprehensive understanding of this text.)
Prayer: Father, help us to understand what You would have us to know regarding love, faith, and works. Let us not throw up barriers to Your truths. Teach us to see clearly and to comprehend Your true message once and for all. In the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
To Read an Excerpt from This Book: Charis – God’s Scandalous Grace for Us by Preston Sprinkle