“Can you sum up the entire Bible in one sentence?” This question has been asked of me before and I’ve also posed it to others. I’ve heard many interesting answers, such as “God’s instructions to us so that we can live,” or “God’s plan for the redemption of mankind from their sins.” These are some of the better answers that I’ve been given—some weren’t thought out very well, so I won’t share those. I want to give you an opportunity to answer this question before you continue to read this article. Can you sum up the entire Bible in one sentence?
So what was your answer? When I answer this question, I see the Bible revealing the heart of God to connect with His people. When we start in Genesis, we notice that God created Adam and Eve in order to have a relationship with them. Even after the fall, God continues to give people opportunities to connect with Him, and even paying the price Himself for this connection to take place. God longs to connect with you!
We spent time in the month of June dealing with the steps that are necessary to take in order to accomplish our vision of “Living for God: Loving His People.” We need to understand that our greatest purpose as a church is to make sure that people connect with Jesus. While this is a simple phrase, we need to understand what this looks like, and how we plan to connect people with Jesus.
First of all, we connect people with Jesus through the message of the gospel. A.B. Simpson, the founder of The Alliance, spent incredible amounts of time reaching for the disenfranchised and outcasts of society on the boat docks of New York City. We need to be a people who are doing the same things.
We are working with our ministries to develop strategies to equip people to talk about Jesus. We also realize that connecting people with the message involves getting the message to the masses. We do this through personal relationships (talking about Jesus with your friend or coworker). We also use the benefits of technology to share the truth of Christ with our community, and even the world!
We also connect with Jesus through our worship services. We are working hard to make sure that the music, Scripture passages, preaching, technology, and other creative outlets are leading people into the presence of our Lord Jesus and helping them connect with the Savior!
Jesus longs for a deep relationship with the people He created. Some know Him, some do not. My friends, we need to be in the business of seeing people connect with Jesus in deep, meaningful ways.