At the heart of this attitude is a desire to be free from the control and potential abuse of others. There have been enough examples of this abuse of authority and power to feed the protesting and distrust of crowds of people.
On the other hand, there are many people who voluntarily submit to an "authority" who they believe will help them to a better life. Mentors, life coaches, and personal trainers are highly sought after. Gurus, yogis, shamen, fortune tellers, and mediums are turned to for spiritual wisdom and direction.
As followers of Jesus, we are also called to submit to an authority in our lives: the Word of God. Scripture is God's message to us which contains the critical Truth about God, our need for new life in Christ, and how to live in a right relationship with God and others. Through the Bible, we experience God's transforming truth and are invited to enter into a living relationship with Jesus -- what he called "the abundant life". The problem is that, if Scripture is truly the Word of God, then we need to treat it as the ultimate authority in our lives... and we don't always want to do that.
This Sunday, September 11th, we'll be continuing our series on what we believe about the Bible. Specifically, we'll be looking at this idea of the authority of the Bible. I hope you'll be able to join us.
Using Biblica's unique and accessible The Books of the Bible New Testament, we will engage God's word with a simple daily reading plan, and book-club-style conversations designed to welcome those new to the Bible as well as people who have read it all their lives.
You can pick up a copy of this unique version of the NIV New Testament at church for only $5 or you can download a free digital version as well as an audio version and other resources at http://cbe.covchurch.org/resources/
I'm excited about what God will do in our individual lives and in the lives of our church as a result of this shared experience in reading God's word. I hope you'll participate our reading together.
Discipleship/Confirmation Youth Group
I'll be leading a Confirmation class during this coming school year for students in grades 7-12. On Wednesday evenings from 6-8 PM, we'll share a meal and learn the basics about the Bible and the Christian faith through games, discussion, videos and more. There will be an informational meeting for parents and students on Sunday, September 18th, following our church BBQ Picnic after worship. Contact me for more information.