"Bible applies to us to see God’s redemptive story throughout" by: Caleb Gibson

   Today, I will respond to a clip from Pastor Matt Chandler. 
   This is one of his well-known sermons when he said, “the Bible is not about you.”
His point is that many make the Bible about us when they teach the hero stories of the Bible. 
   He uses David as an example and says with intensity, “You’re not David!” 
   His heart and desire to point that help us to not infuse ourselves into the story. 
   While I disagree with what Chandler is saying on this topic, I want to emphasize that I enjoy his teachings. 
   I feel like many can learn from his style of preaching. He has a way of speaking that is natural, professional, and biblical. 
   I think this bring up a great discussion that is based on this fundamental question, what is the Bible about? 
   Fundamentally, I agree that the Bible is God’s redemptive story. That is the primary reason for the Scriptures. 
   Although I was named after a spy in the Bible, I can’t find my name in the Scriptures in the sense that it is speaking directly to me. 
   We are a part of the church, so to say we are not in the Bible would be incorrect. 
   When Micah 6:8 tells us to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly, is that a calling for us? Yes, but not directly, it is something we should absolutely do.  
   While the Bible is not written directly to us, it is written for us.
I differ on Chandler’s conclusion of the message, which is that because the Bible is not about me, I cannot be David. 
   I believe we can emulate David and should. We should embrace the idea that it is good to relate to many people in the Bible. Sometimes I’m David, sometimes I’m a scared Israelite. Other times, I have doubts like Thomas and I want to see something to believe in it. 
   The Bible is about many things. It is about God, Jesus, Paul, Abraham, and yes the Bible can also be about you! 
   It is about how we are called to love God and love people. 
   There are primary meanings of a passage, there are applications, and there are types of Jesus. 
   The story of David and Goliath is one where the glory goes to God. David is the hero, and God is also the hero. 
   David had faith and followed the Lord. That should be something we try to do. Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him. Does this mean I’m trying to be like Jesus, the hero of the story? Yes, it does! I want to be like the hero. I pray every day that I become more like hero Jesus. 
   We cannot forget application. We are called to apply these stories to our lives. My heart is this, stay balanced. I love what the Apostle Paul told the Ephesian Elders, “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27) (NKJV). 
   What is the Bible about? It is all of the above. 
   This is not one or the other. In conclusion, the goal of a sermon is juggle between three things: the passage and what the original author meant, myself and how it applies to my life, and Christ, how we see God’s redemptive story throughout the Bible.

 

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