Modern Christian teachers and preachers often approach Scripture in a way God didn’t plan. The purpose of Scripture is to see God; it is God’s self-revelation.
We modern people tend to approach Scripture as though it’s about us: for our inspiration, or for our morals, or for our intellect. And of course Scripture has much to say about inspiration, behavior, and a new way of thinking. But Scripture’s primary purpose is to reveal to us the real God.
Listen to what great Christians have said about Scripture through the ages:
”We come to Scripture not to learn a subject but to steep ourselves in a person.” CS Lewis
“The test that you know the Bible is that you understand what it is driving at, it is expounding Christ, giving the exposition of what he is after.” Oswald Chambers
The New Testament is concealed in the Old, and the Old is revealed in the New. A person touched by the Spirit of God suddenly says, “Now I see who Jesus is!”— that is the source of devotion. Augustine
Paul read the Psalms from a Christian perspective and saw Jesus. In this, he was following the lead already set by Jesus. Jesus himself was conscious that the Psalms anticipate his work. Tremper Longman
Scripture Is About Jesus
“The Old Testament never fails to add new depths to my understanding of Jesus.” Christopher Wright
“Ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” St. Jerome
In the following sermons, my goal is to help us see Jesus; and in seeing Jesus, to worship and obey.
Most of us read the Psalms from the perspective of our own lives. But there is another way to read them; to read them from the perspective of Jesus. Jews in Jesus’ day read the psalms morning, noon, and night. Most Jews had the entire book of Psalms memorized. Imagine how Jesus would read them.
And let the Psalms teach you about God. We are learning who the real God is by the way he reveals himself in the prayers that he wrote. Ps. 49:3-4 says this,
My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
We solve our riddles about life through the reading of the Psalms.
We tend to think of “courage” as a personal attribute that some people have and some don’t, like some people are tall and some short. But courage is a seed that God plants in us when we understand him, and he waters that seed of courage until it becomes a mighty oak. Listen to the story of David and Goliath from a new perspective you may not have considered:
The Story of Joseph
The Glory of Your Life
Don’t be put off by the following title: understanding Hell will help us understand God’s love as much–and sometime more–than most topics.