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The Bible never seeks to defend the existence of God. It is assumed. Rather, the Bible unveils the One True God. Because God is God, *I am not*. He is in control, and I want to know and follow his will for my life. Because I was created in the image of the triune God and for community, I recognize others' full personhood and I value and enjoy others.
God is actively involved in my life, and has a purpose for me. **Be mindful:** God's ways are higher than mine. **Don't worry:** God, who controls nature and history, cares about me. **Be excited:** God is working out his good plan for my life.
We are saved because of what Jesus did, not because of what we do. No matter what troubles I face in this life, they pale in comparison to my salvation for eternity. Therefore, I need to walk in grace and offer grace to others.
The words of the Bible are words from God. The Bible has decisive authority over what I say and do. The Bible is the lens from which I view the world. The principles in the Bible must govern my life even when I don't fully understand or like what it teaches.