This week we asked the question: What about the Bible?
If you missed the sermon, you can watch it back here.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Those are the first four books in the second half of our Bible, which we call the New Testament. (Interesting fact: the first century church never used the term New Testament, and would not have considered writings to be the "New Testament" or "New Covenant", but would actually have considered Jesus himself to be the New Testament.) At any rate, these four books are unique, because they are kind of like biographies of Jesus - kind of. They only cover a very short span of his life, but they are memoirs of first hand accounts with him. John focuses more on the spiritual significance of who Jesus was, while the other three focus on the events and teachings of Jesus. Matthew, Mark, and Luke show us the humanity of Jesus with glimpses of his deity, while John show us the deity of Jesus with glimpses of his humanity. Other than these four gospels, we have law, history, prophecy, wisdom, and lots of letters, each with their own flare and purpose. But what about the Bible as a whole? What exactly is it? I think the Bible isn't so much God's interaction with humanity as much as it is humanity's interaction with God. That is to say, I don't think the Bible is written from God's perspective; it's written from humanity's perspective, attempting to describe and document their approach to and understanding of the Almighty. When we read the Bible in this light, it creates for us a foundation to build a faith on. Too many times we treat the Bible like a bat to beat people with. A verse to show you that you're wrong here, another to prove what I believe is right there. But the Bible makes a way better base than a bat. A base to build a life of faith on in this progressive and modern century that has a cultural and deep history in millennia past with twists and turns all along the way. We didn't always get it right. Our history is full of mistakes, misunderstandings, ignorance, and sometimes just plain evil (like the crusades). But our history is also full of grace, love, and the truth of who God is in infinite mercy that transcends all of our historical terrain. We are not defined by our past, though our past is a part of us. God is not standing still, nor are his people, in a culture that is moving forward. God is still interacting with his people, and we are moving forward, because we are following Jesus. We have been entrusted with the story of God, and we will tell it in the light of who he is, even in this progressive and modern century and especially in this current culture. We are a living Bible for the world to read; are we living in fear, or are we living in love?
May I continue Your story in a way that shows the world the truth of who You are.
I recommended two resources this weekend to help you in learning more about the topic of the Bible. Here they are for your convenience.
How the Bible Actually Works* by Pete Enns
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Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton
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Posted on Wed, September 25, 2019
by Aaron Brewer