Loving, Learning, and Living In the Jesus of the Story

Part Three of my series of articles on the Bible is posted at the Worldview Church Website.

Here’s an excerpt:

Robert Webber once suggested that as believers in the only True Story that narrates the world we can picture the timeline of history like an hourglass on its side.  In the middle of the hourglass are the historical events of Jesus’ incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and His promise to return.  These events comprise the central story that explains the entire Story of the Bible.  All of the drama, doctrine and directions found in Genesis 1 to the Gospels lead and direct us to the bloody cross and the empty tomb.  From Acts to Revelation the Apostles unveiled new drama, doctrine, and directions that lean and depend on what happened on that cross and in that tomb.  All of history prior to Jesus flows to Jesus and His work of salvation, and all of remaining history has since flowed from the life, death, and resurrected life of Jesus.  We must remind ourselves and our hearers that the biblical drama we love, the doctrine that helps us learn it, and the directions that help us live in it must lead us to lean on Jesus as He is offered in the gospel or else they have no power to transform us or our world.  Richard Lovelace once wrote that “spiritual growth is not produced by the transfer of information but by responses of faith.” Faith comes by hearing and hearing through the drama, doctrine, and directions of Christ (Romans 10:17).  Biblical transformation happens when we continually embrace by faith the Jesus revealed to us by biblical information.


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