Scott Sauls and Amber discuss the message behind his newest book, Beautiful People Don't Just Happen. Scott also shares some of the shifts he's experienced in the church over the last 25 years as a pastor, what it means to bring our not enoughness to God, and how we can abide in Christ.
Beautiful People Don't Just Happen Questions Discussed:
(0:45) You have been in pastoral ministry for 25 years. Did you begin at Redeemer Pres in New York or elsewhere? Share a bit of your pastoral journey with us and some of the major shifts you have witnessed in the church throughout the years.
(6:15) I read a review of Beautiful People Don't Just Happen and it sums up my experience reading the book. Wes Van Fleet wrote, "Goodness! Sauls always writes such helpful and caring books. This one spoke to me as if he and I were sitting down together talking about all the things that haunt me, while being reminded of all I believe and hope for. You may need some tissues with this one but I highly recommend it." This is a loaded question, but what do you mean by beautiful people don't just happen?
(13:45) You spend several pages sharing how the darker and sadder seasons of life have expanded your belief in and experience of the goodness of God. What are a few ways you have personally experienced the goodness of God after seasons of darkness?
(16:42) "The thing God wants most from you is an admission of your not-enough-ness." Unpack that a bit for us.
(22:10) How do you explain abiding in Jesus to others and how are you intentional about its practice?
(26:44) You share about your personal struggle with anxiety and depression and how debilitating it can be. What have you found helpful when experiencing seasons of "no comfort in God's promises from Scripture' and the struggle to pray?
(31:22) As we close, speak to the listener who is struggling to believe that God redeems regret, hurt and/or fear.
SHOW NOTES cont.
Book: Beautiful People Don't Just Happen by Scott Sauls
Elisabeth Kubler Ross (credited for quote "Beautiful people don't just happen")
158: Mary Marantz | Broken & Beautiful
177: Pete Greig | Hearing God's Voice
97: Hannah Anderson | Goodness & The Lost Art of Discernment
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