Jeff started a new sermon series this week titled “On a Mission”. It seeks to answer the question of why we do what we do as the church. This week he explained the overarching message of the Bible. That the Bible is not one book, it is 66 books. Written by forty-five different authors. On three different continents. In three different languages.
The extraordinary thing about the Bible is that all of those books by all of those different authors living in all those different places at all of those different times throughout history are telling one story. The story of God’s intention for all of humanity. From the first book of Genesis to the last book of Revelation, God states his intention over and over, in different generations, using shepherds to scholars. That resounding intention is for Him to be our God and for us to be His people. God chose one person Abraham, through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed. It would be through Abraham God would ultimately send His only Son Jesus who would make all things new and who would draw all men unto Him. As I read my Bible this week, Lord help me to see your intention for me and to remember that you have a plan for my life. May I fulfill it according to your will.
- Genesis 17:7 (KJV) And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Leviticus 26:12 (KJV) And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
Jeremiah 31:33 (KJV) But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
- Ezekiel 37:23 (KJV) Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
2 Corinthians 6:16 (KJV) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Revelation 21:3 (KJV) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.