THE B-I-B-L-E, YES, THAT’S THE BOOK FOR ME
If you grew up in church, it is likely you sang this song many times. Often, we find ourselves in a love/hate relationship with the Bible. At times we read it and feel encouraged as if the words were jumping off the page at us and guiding our steps as we live. And at other times, we feel the guilt of not picking it up because it just doesn’t seem to resonate with where we are currently at in our lives. This past Sunday’s message reminded us that the true importance of the Bible isn’t in seeing it as our instruction manual for life or a fortune cookie we crack open when we need a pick me up, but it is God’s word that reveals Jesus to us. And while we should see the Bible as an authority in our lives, it isn’t the ultimate authority. Our ultimate authority is Jesus.
WHAT IS THE BIBLE?
The Bible Project explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. This video introduces you to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.
Taking Your Own Advice
Pastor and author Tim Keller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As he faced an uncertain future, would he be able to live up to the advice he’d given out many times in his ministry? In this article, Tim shares what going through this time has taught him and how his faith has grown in the face of death.
Is the Bible boring?
When we are at our most authentic, we have to admit that the Bible can seem a bit dry and boring at times. But what can we learn about God and what he wants to show us even through the parts that make our eyes glaze over? Pastor Ryan addresses this very question in this blog post.
Message Discussion Questions
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- If you had to explain to someone why they should read the Bible, what would you say?
- What practical steps can be taken to move beyond ignoring the Bible or only studying the Bible and allowing it to speak with authority into our lives?
- This week’s challenge, join those reading through the Gospel of John between now and Easter. This week is John 6-10.
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