Reading the Bible within the Grand Story

 “If we ever tell a particular Bible story without putting it into the overall main Bible story (about Christ) we actually change the meaning of the particular event for us. It becomes a moralistic exhortation to ‘try harder’ rather than a call to live by faith in the work of Christ. There is, in the end, only two ways to read the Bible: Is it a book basically about me or basically about Jesus?” – Dr. Tim Keller

Oh how the protestant and evangelical Christian church should heed these words by Dr. Keller or Redeemer Church in New York City.  Too much of our reading in personal devotions, bible studies and church services center upon lifting texts out of the grand narrative and trying to apply them to me individually, instead of recognizing their fulfillment in Jesus Christ and by faith allowing his life and death and resurrection to flow through the individual and change their manner of interacting with the world and those in it.

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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