What’s the story? The Bible is about the actions of God for our sake, accomplished through the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ.
“For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” --Romans 3:22b-24
All Scripture is Law and Gospel The Law is that which accuses us and judges us. It structures human life by protecting and promoting good and limiting and punishing wrong. The law also functions like a doctor’s diagnosis: showing us our sinfulness and our need for God’s grace in Christ. The Gospel is that which comforts and saves us. It teaches us what God has already done for us in Christ. Because we are sinners, God’s law always accuses us; only the gospel frees us. As Luther puts it: “The law says, ‘do this,’ and it is never done. Grace says, ‘believe in this,’ and everything is already done.”
When you read the Bible… Ask: What is God doing?
How is God responding to the human condition and the brokenness of creation?
What is God doing for us that we cannot do for ourselves?
How will I live differently in response to God’s love?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” --John 3:16