Chip Ingram: How God Longs for You to See Him

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Chip serves as Senior Pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and CEO & Teaching Pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. Over the last twenty-five years, Chip has pastored churches ranging from 500 to 5,000 and served as President of Walk Thru the Bible. Chip is the author of several books, including The Real God: How He Longs for You to See Him

Key Questions:

How does a more accurate understanding of God affect the way we view ourselves?

How can a bigger understanding of God help us not have fear anxiety and worry?

What advice do you have for pastors to help their people know God in a deeper way?

Key Quotes:

“Even though I was reading the Bible—I was a new Christian, probably five years, in a Bible study, I was growing—this picture, this mental image of who I prayed to was so different than the God described by A.W. Tozer.”

“If I believe God was good like within a situation, I would take more risks! He’s never going to withhold any good thing.”

“If I really believe good is God and lavish and wants to help me, I gotta be more that way with my kids.”

“God’s means and methods are as perfect as his outcomes…So when God was making me, he made me in the best possible way, by the best possible means, for the most possible people.”

“Nothing has come into my life that God didn’t decree or allow in his infinite and perfect wisdom.”

“If you have a lie about God, you have a lie about yourself.”

“The flesh—when it kicks in—I forget God is good, and then I think he’s down on me, and when I think he’s down on me, the old workaholic Chip Ingram clicks in.”

“The greatest need in the church…is to be able to answer who is God.”

“There is no guarantee that if you do the right things in the right way that you’re going to have this nice, wonderful little family, you’re going to be upwardly mobile, your church is going to grow and things are going to turn out right. Go ask the disciples.”

“If I know who God is, then I’m going to move out of the prosperity thinking and I’m going to find myself in America and around the world in 1 Peter, where ‘you’ve been called for this purpose to suffer for his sake.’”

“Thanksgiving is for what God has done. Praise is for who he is.”

“A pastor’s job may be the hardest in the whole world with all of these constituents and priorities and alignment.”

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