Have you ever read the Bible? I imagine most of you who are reading this have read some part of the Bible over the years. You have heard it read in worship services or at funerals. You may have tried a “read-the-Bible-in-a-year” program.
Whether you have read the Bible a lot or a little, you probably know some of its stories. You might even have some idea of the overall story that the scriptures tell.
You probably know about the creation and Adam and Eve. You might know about the call of Abraham, Moses and the escape from slavery, King David and the people of Israel. Maybe you can name some of the prophets. You certainly know something about the life of Jesus and Paul the Apostle.
But do you know when the Bible story stopped being written?
Because we are a part of that story too. No, I don’t mean that there is more to be included in the canon of sacred scripture. But I do mean that we must not see the Bible as a book that tells us only about the past. The Bible is a book that invites us to live in the present with a real purpose – the mission of God and God’s kingdom.
The Bible story is not done. It will one day conclude with the final fulfillment, but even now the story is still being written as God uses those words to bring healing and hope to people all over the world.
Have you read the Bible? Have you recognized that the story goes on? God calls us to be a part of living and telling that story and inviting the whole world to be a part of it.
Best book ever!
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC