The Bible is relevant for today.
Not just for people who go to church or follow Jesus, but the principles of the Bible transcend time and culture.
The Bible is relevant because it is so much more than just a book about theology.
It definitely does reveal who God is and defines His immutable nature, characteristics and attributes. But there is more. So much more.
It is one large collection of 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over a period of 1,500 years.
Among those 66 books are narratives, stories, prophecies, letters, historical accounts, poetry, books on wisdom, apocalyptic truths, and the Gospels.
The Bible is relevant and applicable for today because the answer to every question in life, is found directly or indirectly within those 66 books.
There is a reason that it is the best selling book of all time.
If you have questions about finances, the Bible covers them.
If you have questions about marriage and marital issues, the Bible discusses it.
If you have questions about history, the Bible records it.
If you have questions about decision-making, the Bible gives wisdom.
Directly or indirectly, the answer to every question can be found in the context of this book that transcends culture and time.
The culture and society of today is filled with people seeking answers to many of life’s questions. People are struggling. They have unresolved tensions.
People are quick to dismiss the Bible as being culturally relevant and practical because they believe it is just a bunch of religious writings. When the very answer they are looking for to resolve some tension they have, is found within the pages of the Scriptures.
While part of the Bible applies only to those who are Jesus followers, there is so much that applies across the board to everyone, whether they believe in Jesus or don’t believe in anything.
Just one example. I was going through the book of James with my awesome, amazing, ridiculously wonderful students at JMBC, and I taught a lesson one [-] morning on being quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.
Now, that is just great wisdom. Regardless of who you are, the principles that James records, and I was covering that morning, are gold.
You could take those principles and that knowledge and share it with someone, and not tell them where it came from, and they would proclaim the brilliance of such wisdom.
But if you were to tell that same individual that it came from the Bible, that would most likely totally change their attitude. What they said was brilliant a minute before is now no good because of the source.
Just for the sake of transparency, I do this all the time in everyday life. I will engage in a conversation with someone, just a random person sometimes, and just listen to their issues.
When they get done, I will share some advice and lay out a plan of action to help them out with whatever it is they are dealing with. They get excited. You see hope rise up in them and their countenance changes.
Then, I will say something along the lines of, “Well I am really glad that is helpful to you. I am glad I was able to share something from God’s Word that applies to getting through your situation.”
The look on their face at that moment is priceless. Usually, it is a look of,“you tricked me”. And sometimes they will even say out loud what their face is communicating.
Because, the deal is, I don’t list my job title and credentials when I meet someone in the grocery store or at a ball game or the movie theater, etc. So they have no clue who I am or what I do, that I am a minister.
I am equally amazed at how much people are willing to share with someone they don’t know. It speaks to the severity of what they are feeling and experiencing, that they would confide in a complete stranger who is just willing to listen.
But through all of this, I get the opportunity to show that God’s Word is more than just a book about theology and doctrine.
It is applicable.
It is practical.
It is relevant.
The central message, the one theme of all 66 books spanning 1,500 years and 40 different authors, is the Gospel. It changes lives for eternity.
And that message will always be relevant.