Summary Of The Bible

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The Bible’s Message – answering the big questions Sean Bird - CCHS In the beginning God… 'Who am I?' Creation Sinai Calvary Judgment …eternity Hell 'What am I like?' 'What do I need?' 'What is going to happen to me?' I am creature made by God in His image with value and worth. I am a rebel against God and His law. I need to be right with God through Jesus Christ. I am going to meet Christ. If I have trusted Christ I will live with Him forever. God gave the Ten Commandments to show us our sin. Rom3:20 John 1:29; 1 Cor15 Jesus died and rose again. Jesus will return and judge each of us. Old Testament New Testament GOD Heaven

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When you begin reading the second book of the Bible, Exodus, the children of Israel had become a nation down in Egypt. They had become virtual slaves in bondage, but God did not forget His promise. He raised up a man named Moses by whom He lead them out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, back to the land of Canaan, or what is now modern Palestine. En route they came to a craggy peak called Mount Sinai. There on SINAI, a place you can visit today, God summoned Moses to meet with Him, and on that historic occasion God gave Moses His Law, what is commonly called 'the Ten Commandments.' Now this Law came from God, whom the Bible describes as holy, pure, good and everything right. And the Law showed His character. That’s why there really is a 'right' and 'wrong'. What is compatible with Him is right; what is not is wrong. But when man looks at this Law of God, he recognizes that he himself does not possess that character … he is un-God-like. This Law being perfect and righteous suddenly makes a man realize how different from God he has become when it comes to personal goodness. Loss of temper, depression, self-centeredness, discontent, hate, murder, war, … on and on we could go naming evidences of the stark truth that man is a law-breaker, a real sinner. While it is often difficult for a person to admit this, it does give us a true understanding of ourselves and answers the question, 'What am I like?' The answer is simply 'a rebel against God and His Law, and so likewise I’m suffering the consequences.' Unlike what many people think, God gave Moses His Law in Exodus 20 so His people could know their real condition. It’s like what one reads in the New Testament in Romans 3:20 … 'through the law comes the knowledge of sin.' With this Law, however, came hope as well; for God also gave Moses careful instruction to show how such sinful persons could worship and find acceptance with such a holy God. Since the first sin committed by Adam had brought death as its curse, so it would only be through death or 'sacrifice' that God would accept man and his worship. That may sound strange, but that really is the way it is according to the Bible since God’s character includes justice. Sin must be punished by death. Therefore, God gave detailed directions for offering sacrifices, including a place of worship called a Tabernacle (or tent), and elaborate duties for specially appointed priests. Now the Bible explains that the ritual itself did not make the people holy or acceptable with God, but rather it all pointed to the coming Messiah, the seed of the woman as promised, whose one time 'sacrifice' or death would make man acceptable to God. The Old Testament therefore, the first part of our Bible with its kings like David and Solomon, all look forward to this Coming One, this seed of the woman. Many prophets, from Isaiah to Malachi, foretold the coming of the One who would bear their sin. As one begins to read the New Testament, he discovers something is indeed new! The time is fulfilled; the kingdom of God is at hand. The Promised one is come. Born of a young virgin called Mary, supernaturally conceived in her by the Holy Spirit, God’s Son came into the world. Once again God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit had arranged that it would be the Son of God who would offer Himself to come as that 'Seed,' just as the prophets had foretold. He was named 'Jesus' for He would 'save His people from their sins.' Thus, born in Bethlehem in poor conditions and reared in Nazareth in his stepfather Joseph’s carpenter shop, Jesus Christ spent the first thirty years of His life. Now at this point the Bible tells us He began to carry out His specific purpose in coming into the world. A man called John, nicknamed 'the Baptizer,' introduced Him. One day he pointed Him out, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world' (John 1:29). This title sounds strange, unless of course one remembers what we have been saying about the necessity of sacrifice or death for acceptance with God. The significant thing about this statement is that God Himself sent Jesus into the world to be His sacrifice for sin! God in history was in the act of carrying out His promise or covenant through the 'Seed of the woman,' Jesus Christ. In short, God Himself was seeking out His people so that they could – and would – be saved. Everywhere Jesus went, He went about doing good. Where Adam had refused to love God and obey Him, Jesus was perfectly responsive to doing God’s will. He served God by choice. He kept the Law of God absolutely perfectly! He was really righteous before God. And God was pleased with Him. But beyond this, Jesus showed that He had come from God by healing the sick, curing the crippled, and even on occasion raising the dead!. Everything about Jesus’ character and life pointed men to God. He was, in fact, God come in the flesh. As such, He possessed the power to accomplish for us what Adam had forfeited. But Jesus also preached. He told people about God, about themselves, about the world, and about why He had come. He showed by His love and concern that people – men, women and children – had worth and value; and yet He spoke plainly to them of their sin and of God’s judgment of sin. He bluntly told people, 'Repent!' He commanded them to turn from self-centeredness and pride back to God. He exposed their self-righteous religion as a farce, and told them to admit their sinfulness and seek God’s forgiveness. When they heard Jesus, people heard truth. And lawbreakers usually do not like to hear that kind of criticism, even if it is true, and even if it is God Himself who is saying it. So, the religious leaders stirred up the people against Jesus, drummed up false charges against Him, and pressured the Roman governor Pilate to sentence Him to death! At a place called CALVARY outside Jerusalem Jesus was nailed to a cross and left to die. And He willingly died. While His murderers thought they had rid themselves of this trouble-maker, their plot fell right into the plan of God. In fact, they had been the means by which God’s sacrifice for sin, the Lamb of God, had been offered! And three days later, Jesus miraculously came back to life. He rose from the dead, His work on earth completed. That is why followers of Christ gather every Lord’s Day – to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. And this is the hearts of the Bible’s message. In a few words it can be said like this (1 Corinthians 15:3,4): 'For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.' This focal point of history – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus – points out the answer to man’s question 'What do I need?' Of all the things man thinks he needs, the Bible says his basic need is to be brought back into a right relationship with his creator. Without that he is doomed. So, it really is of first importance to recognize in the life and death and resurrection of Jesus how God calls us into this right relationship with Him. And according to the Bible, it’s only in Jesus that God does it.

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The Bible’s Message – answering the big questions Sean Bird - CCHS In the beginning God… 'Who am I?' Creation Sinai Calvary Judgment …eternity Hell 'What am I like?' 'What do I need?' 'What is going to happen to me?' I am creature made by God in His image with value and worth. I am a rebel against God and His law. I need to be right with God through Jesus Christ. I am going to meet Christ. If I have trusted Christ I will live with Him forever. God gave the Ten Commandments to show us our sin. Rom3:20 John 1:29; 1 Cor15 Jesus died and rose again. Jesus will return and judge each of us. Old Testament New Testament GOD Heaven

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