Why do we have a book called the Bible and why are Christians so concerned with reading, studying, and even building their ethics from it? What about those people who believe that the Bible is the literal Word of God? How do you make sense of centuries-old documents written by multiple human authors that seems too filled errors and dated concepts about God and humanity? In this series, we take an honest look at the Bible and what it is for. We'll examine its words through our own doubts and skepticism and hopefully find in its pages a real God who actually is speaking to us today and authentically desires relationship with us.
EAT THIS SCROLL
Part 1 of The Edible Scroll series by Pastor Jonathan McIntosh
"And he said to me, 'Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.' So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, 'Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.' So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said to me: 'Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them.'" Ezekiel 3:1-4
In this introduction to our new series on the Bible, we look at the impetus for our new project - The Edible Scroll Club - and walk through practically how to pick up the practice of daily reading and journaling through scripture.
AND GOD SAID
Part 2 of The Edible Scroll series by Pastor Jonathan McIntosh
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light 'day,' and the darkness he called 'night.' And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day... Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'” Genesis 1:1-5; 26-28
Why do we have a book called the Bible? What is it for and why have people throughout time and across the world read it and studied it? In this sermon, we find that we come in contact with a Being who is out there somewhere, and this God is a communicating God. God is real and He is speaking. He is reaching across the void that separates us because, more than anything, he wants what we all want: to be known.
EYEWITNESSES OF MAJESTY
By Jonathan McIntosh
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:12-21
Toward the end of his life, the Apostle Peter feverishly wrote something down that he felt he needed to remind Christians of - both then and now. In this document, he claims that he was an eyewitness to a startling event that changed his life. An event he believed could change our lives as well. In this sermon, we look at Peter's words and see two compelling reasons to mediate on scripture: there is a beauty to behold and a word for our lives that we need to hear.
Word Becomes Flesh
By Jonathan MacIntosh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. John 1:14-18
What if my problem with the Bible is not that I wonder if it's real or true or historically accurate... what if my problem with the Bible is the God that I find in its pages? The God of the Bible can often seem vindictive, petty, angry, jealous and judgmental, more like a crazed ex than a deity of love and goodness. In this sermon we look at the Bible and the God we find there and see that the ultimate "Word" or revelation of God is actually not the Bible... it's Jesus of Nazareth.
Christ City Gathered 2/19/17