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The Bible Never Said That

with Chara Donahue

Episode 4: “God Helps Those Who Helps Themselves”

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It’s good to want to grow, to be a better person. But Jesus calls us to a specific kind of growth. Our spiritual growth is not about attaining perfection, but surrendering to and being led by our perfect Savior.

In this episode, Chara unpacks the damage that the mentality “God helps those who help themselves” can have on a Christian’s life, and gives us a better framework for thinking about our sanctification without chasing perfection.

Verses Referenced: Romans 5:6, Matthew 5:48, Matthew 5:3, 1 Corinthians 1:27, Philippians 3:5-8, Romans 5:8, Romans 8:37-39, 1 Peter 1:15-16, John 17:17, James 4:1, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 1:3-11

Books Referenced:
Finding Holy in the Suburbs by Ashley Hales
In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by Jen Wilkin
Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan

Movies Referenced: Chariots of Fire

Articles Referenced:
10 Popular Statements that Are Theologically Unsound
How to Strive for Sanctification without Chasing Perfection
May 06, 2020
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Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study "1, 2 & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation" and is working on her next book. She enjoys serving as a biblical counselor, speaking to women, and savoring coffee when her four kids are out playing with dad. She holds an MSEd from Corban University, is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths, and is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices.
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