#1—to make salvation all about God’s grace. To thrill our hearts. Bring to knees.
YOUR SALVATION IS ABOUT YOU, BUT IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU.
What this shows us is that God is good, but God is also WILD.
Description of God’s wildness= unpredictable, untamed, out of the box, dangerous.
“We live our lives before the wild, dangerous, unfettered and free character of the living God.” Walter Brueggemann
God’s wildness is seen in the Abraham story.
God’s wildness is seen in the Joseph story.
God’s ultimate expression of “wildness” is Jesus.
GOD IS unpredictable, untamed, out of the box, dangerous. But we have domesticated Him.
Culture has domesticated Him. Christian theology often domesticates God. Our wounding domesticates God in our experience. THIS IS A DANGEROUS JESUS.
“Here’s the dangerous thing about Jesus: He’s not after your behavior; he’s after your heart. Make no mistake about it. Jesus is going to relentlessly and passionately pursue your heart. Even when your behavior tricks everybody else, it just doesn’t trick Jesus. He’s coming after the heart.” Perry Noble
TRUTH; THIS IS A DANGEROUS BOOK, WHICH TELLS US OF A DANGEROUS GOD, IN ORDER TO CREATE A DANGEROUS CHURCH.
“Jesus didn’t die to make us safe. He died to make us dangerous! Faithfulness isn’t holding the fort. It’s storming the gates of hell with the light and love of Jesus Christ.” Mark Batterson