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March 16, 2014 - We’re the Story - II Timothy 3:14-17

posted Mar 17, 2014, 7:01 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 7:00 AM ]
  • Few things in life today are honored more than relevance.
  • Somewhere along the way in the last century, we made the individual the center of all things.
  • Today the whole world of culture, history, the great religions, commerce, education, and even families are seen as a-la-carte resources. You can just walk down the cafeteria line and take whatever seems relevant in collecting the life you want. But how do we even know what we want?
  • Jesus wasn't trying to make God relevant to us. He was dying to make us relevant to God.
  • In the church we are trying to give people’s fleeting lives meaning by catching them up into a wonderful story that began before any of us and will continue long after we’re gone. And that is what it means to live out of the Bible.
  • If my life has to find its meaning and worth simply by the sum of my experiences, then I’m never going to be satisfied with it. But if I’m a part of the great Biblical drama, then my success is found in being faithful in my fleeting chapter in the Biblical drama, and my failures are redeemed by the grace of God that has a use for everything, even failure.
  • We enter the Bible to discover who we are, and more importantly, whose we are.
  • When questions in life emerge, we don’t search the Bible for ready-made solutions. If you try that, you will find that the Bible is asking more questions than it is answering. And the most important question it asks is: Will you let God be the God of your story? 
  • The literal point of the Bible isn't to follow laws but to know how to make choices. In freedom, choose to fulfill what your role is in the Biblical drama.

Pastor Jim Spon | II Timothy 3:14-17