Back in the 1960's, Timothy Leary famously encouraged young people to question authority. It was all a part of the counter culture and protestation against the Vietnam war. Today there are a number of movements emphasizing similar attitudes towards authority whether it's the police, political leaders, or even spiritual leaders.
At the heart of this attitude is a desire to be free from the control and potential abuse of others. There have been enough examples of this abuse of authority and power to feed the protesting and distrust of crowds of people.
On the other hand, there are many people who voluntarily submit to an "authority" who they believe will help them to a better life. Mentors, life coaches, and personal trainers are highly sought after. Gurus, yogis, shamen, fortune tellers, and mediums are turned to for spiritual wisdom and direction.
As followers of Jesus, we are also called to submit to an authority in our lives: the Word of God. Scripture is God's message to us which contains the critical Truth about God, our need for new life in Christ, and how to live in a right relationship with God and others. Through the Bible, we experience God's transforming truth and are invited to enter into a living relationship with Jesus -- what he called "the abundant life". The problem is that, if Scripture is truly the Word of God, then we need to treat it as the ultimate authority in our lives... and we don't always want to do that.
This Sunday, September 11th, we'll be continuing our series on what we believe about the Bible. Specifically, we'll be looking at this idea of the authority of the Bible. I hope you'll be able to join us.
As Covenanters, we have historically called ourselves "People of the Book." Our starting point for making and deepening disciples has always been the word of God. But how can we engage in a fresh, powerful way with Scripture? That's what the Covenant Community Bible Experience is all about.
Using Biblica's unique and accessible The Books of the Bible New Testament, we will engage God's word with a simple daily reading plan, and book-club-style conversations designed to welcome those new to the Bible as well as people who have read it all their lives.
You can pick up a copy of this unique version of the NIV New Testament at church for only $5 or you can download a free digital version as well as an audio version and other resources at http://cbe.covchurch.org/resources/
I'm excited about what God will do in our individual lives and in the lives of our church as a result of this shared experience in reading God's word. I hope you'll participate our reading together.
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