“Fall to Grace” By Jay Bakker
Have you ever been disinterested by grace?
- Bakker defines grace as “unmerited favor” and uses that as the foundation for his book
- Its hard not to be disinterested with grace and the form some people make it in to be.
- “With grace comes the freedom to fall short.” Meaning grace is endless.
- What is the point of grace? Why is it important? “Grace is that simple. Grace is that complicated”
- Grace as revolutionary.
- People dont like the baggage that comes along with being a Christian, Bakker responds to that by saying the “for some people grace is the answer.”
- Trust that Bakker opens grace up more than we’ve seen it before. Its a much bigger picture than what we immediately think of when i think “grace”.
- “Galatians is the roadmap…”
What did you like about Chapter 1?
- We got Jay’s “side of the story”, not the media, or someone else poor interpretations.
- “We are punished by our sins, not for them.” Elbert Hubbard
- “You sin, you go to hell”
- Consequences (punished for our sins) and condemnation (not by them) are two very different things.
What did you think of his personal childhood story being included?
- It was necessary to understand where he came from and why grace is so important to him. (The story is important)
- Master’s Commission Camp in Arizona. Am i your friend to change you? Am i your friend to see what God does in your life? Am I to see your friend see grace in each other?
- “If there was one thing i was sure of, it was that God was through with me. I had even failed at the burnout-and-misfit church.”
- God loves us…and we’re learning how to deal with it; how to live with and through that fact.
- At this point in the book Jay is reacting to the God he has been presented with.
What did you like about Chapter 2?
- D.E. just made sure I didn’t hurt myself.
- “Grace sounded like a cop-out to me, an excuse to sin. I didn’t realize that I had a living, breathing example of grace in practice right in front of me in the form of D.E.’s patient friendship.”
- He still hasn’t let grace happen. He’s still so angry.
- He still believe he has to do good to be on God’s “good list”.
- I became a “grace-fiend”.
- “Jesus loves us even if we’re drunk. Isn’t that awesome? Let me get the next round…”
- Before he dealt with his alcoholism, he dealt with the fact that God loves him no matter what happens.
- “Bit by bit, my guilt started to bleed away…”
How do we promote grace within The Brewery?
- By being exactly who we are, and loving each other.
Next week at The Mathews Casa!
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