The Bible. We know it’s an important component of the Christian faith. But we may not have a comfy-cozy relationship with it. And understandably so. It seems so archaic. Some of its concepts and many of its sentences are difficult to grasp. It’s confusing with its contradictions, confounding with its lack of clarity, and controversial with its content. But we know it’s important so we keep going back to it, diving in and hoping a pearl will land in our hands without too much effort on our parts.
On September 9th we’ll join forces and dive in together. A new study will begin, focusing on what the Bible is and isn’t, how it came to be, how it’s be viewed by scholars, and – most importantly – what it is for us today. And what it is for us personally. In preparation for leading this expedition, I recently read Rob Bell’s book What Is the Bible? (Harper One, 2017). But I didn’t read it reluctantly or dutifully because my appreciation for the Bible – which Bell calls a “library of books” – expanded with every chapter. Here’s a little sliver to show you what I mean:
Luke has an agenda, a message, a distinct story he’s telling… Grace to Luke is not an abstract theological concept but a reality that leads people to take action on behalf of each other. Grace has implications. Grace leads you somewhere. Grace creates a human connection and community, one grounded in real needs being met by real people in real ways.
Yes, the Bible is an important component of the Christian faith, a library of books brimming with pearls of truth about who we are. So let’s dive in and discover the treasures to be found together when we make the effort to search!