Monday, 21 January 2013

The first thing we need to know...

Everything that we are going to look at over the next couple of weeks makes one big assumption. It assumes that we believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of the Living God, given by His holy inspiration to men to write so that through it God can reveal Himself and His message to us. 

If you think about it, it's a pretty big assumption to make, and yet every point of our 'Statement of Faith' rests on this one fact. So why do we believe this and how can we prove it? 

In order to answer this question I am going to reference an organisation I had the privilege of working for a couple of years ago. Agape UK is part of Campis Crusade for Christ international ( or Cru as its now known), and they have a fantastic website with some wonderful articles and resources to help us. One of the articles that comes in very handy when dealing with this issue can be found HERE.

It's an article that addresses why we can trust the Bible and why we believe while it was written thousands of years ago, it is still relevant to us today. It is well worth a read, because sometimes we can forget the amazing-ness of a book which written so many years ago, stands the tests of time, has one purpose and never contradicts itself once. 

Also Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, wrote this when explaining the purpose behind God's letter to us... 

“No, the Bible isn’t {just} a book of rules, or a book of heroes.  The Bible is most of all a Story.  It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. 

It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne ~ everything ~ to rescue the one he loves.  It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life! 

You see, the best thing about this Story is ~ it’s true.  There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. 

The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. 

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story.  And at the center of the Story, there is a baby.  Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. 

He is like the missing piece in a puzzle ~ the piece that makes all other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.”

I love this quote from the book because to me it sums up perfectly what I wanted to say. God's Word is so complete - from beginning to end - telling us one amazing story in many different chapters and in many different ways. But it all comes down to the same underlying fact - God loves us and sent His Son to die for us because He wants to give us the best gift of all.

Tomorrow we'll have a look at the first of articles from our 'Statement of Faith'. Hopefully by the end of this we'll all have a better idea of where our faith is truly based. I am so excited to be starting this!!!

Until then - keep shining... :)

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