There are times when our struggle against the brokenness of our lives overwhelms us and our faith community. In these difficult life events our servant leaders partner with the Philadelphia Renewal Network. We also often remind ourselves of four liberating truths about God found in Tim Chester’s book You Can Change.
There are times when our struggle against the brokenness of our lives overwhelms us and our faith community. In these difficult life events our servant leaders partner with the Philadelphia Renewal Network.
In Tim Chester’s book You Can Change he identifies four liberating truths about God:
- God is Great
- God is Glorious
- God is Good
- God is Gracious
The Four G’s
He suggests that underlying all our sinful behavior and negative emotions is a failure to believe one of these truths at a functional level, thus, we have adopted an idolatrous World View. Embracing, believing, trusting, and delighting in the appropriate liberating truth about God, therefore, has the power to set us free from sin. We need to recognize that this typically involves a daily struggle, the fight of faith, which we together with, our missional community and our elders, engage in. These four liberating truths offer a great diagnostic tool for addressing sin in our lives and in the lives of others. They reveal to us our crisis of belief:
- God is Great, so we don’t have to be in control.
- God is Glorious, so we don’t have to fear others.
- God is Good, so we don’t have to look elsewhere.
- God is Gracious, so we don’t have to prove ourselves.
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