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What is the Bible? pt 2 - Arrival Series [6-28-20]

Updated: Jul 29, 2020


Today, we're going to look at four reasons why we can trust the Bible as God's revealed Word to us.


First:

The Bible is the Gospel.

Faith begins with God. God speaks faith into people's lives. God is the faith initiator. When someone is feeling that nudge…when someone feels God's pull to believe…the first thing to do is turn to the gospel. In other words, one of the first four books of the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - one of these four books is the best place for a new believer or seeker to read. Probably not Leviticus. Or Romans. But one of the four gospels.


We meet Jesus in the gospel. Here's how Paul put it in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

The gospel is the story of Christ's life and death for sinners. It is the testimony to his resurrection and what it achieved and how it is enjoyed and what it leads to. The gospel is nothing less than the story of how much God loves us and what He has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is the trajectory of your life, set by God, from birth to eternity.


The gospel is one story. One story only. There are not many gospels. It is one story. It is about how Jesus saves us from sin and death. And then, having saved us, it is about how Jesus calls us to live lives of service and gratitude. I love what Tim Keller said a few weeks ago {I can't believe I'm following people on Twitter!}:

"Does your prayer life