“Christians should not be optimists; we know too much about sin. We should also not be pessimists, for we know the living God.” – Tim Keller
The thing between optimism and pessimism is hope. Optimism is not the same as hope.
Optimists say: “We are good.”
Pessimists say: “We are bad.”
Hope says: “We are not good because we are sinners, yet we should not lose hope, for we know the living God.”
“God will only give you what you would have asked for if you knew everything he knows.” — Tim Keller
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
knowledge + evidence = truth
God’s words + no evidence = truth = faith
If it is not explanatory, it is not expository.
If it is not about Christ, it is not Christianity.
It is not about what the texts mean but what God means.
It is about how God wants to use these texts to tell you about Jesus Christ and the need for you to come to him.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2.2, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” He is saying, that is the only theme in the whole Bible. If you know the heart of God, you can be the mouth of God.
— Tim Keller
Religion: I obey therefore I am accepted.
Gospel: I’m accepted therefore I obey.