Storyline Core Values: Intentional Bible Training

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Storyline Core Values: Intentional Bible Training

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I’m an American pastor, which means I write to a Western culture. Indeed, if you are reading this blog, then you likely live inside the wake of a worldview shaped by numerous influences—none more profound than the ideas presented in the Bible.

Famous novelist, Charles Dickens, once confessed: “The New Testament is the very best book that ever was and ever will be known in the world.”  This commendation comes from a master wordsmith, and man who knew that his books would always bow to the Bible.

But why is the Bible lauded as the “book of all books?” Why is it the best-selling book of all time? The answer: because its words are relevant and deeply personal.

The Scriptural storyline will tell you all about you—the parts you like and the parts you prefer to ignore. Sure, at first glance the Old and New Testaments might appear to be a compilation of unconnected stories, but the wise person leans in and looks closer. To get to the good stuff, he mines the field and turns the soil.  Soon, his spade stabs a treasure and the sound reverbs in his soul.

The Psalmist said, “I have stored up your word in my heart” (Ps. 119:11).  For generations, people who have done this—those that have regularly read and applied the words of Scripture—have testified to inner transformation. As Tolkien’s ring slowly rotted a man’s heart, the ring of Scripture roots him, builds him, and fills him with rare power.

The Bible doesn’t need skinny jeans. It doesn’t need a modern spin to make it more relevant. It needs to be preached, and read, and discussed openly.

In our post-Christian culture, the church of Jesus Christ cannot afford to swim in small ideas. We must make a radical return to the word of God.  As the body of Christ gathers on Sunday, she should come ready for the main course, for the hot meal of Holy Scripture, and walk away filled.

The Word of God does the work. That’s why, at Storyline, we strive to create a culture where people learn and love the Scriptures.

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart…  Jeremiah 15:16

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a four-part series highlighting the four core values of Storyline Fellowship: Relational Evangelism, Authentic Community, Intentional Bible Training and Teamwork. Join us each Thursday here on the blog as we unpack these topics with our staff.