This past Sunday’s sermon at McKinney took a different approach than normal. As a Bible church, McKinney teaches the Bible. It is the authority. Pastor Chris Freeland is changing things up a bit. He is giving a crash course of the whole Bible: last Sunday was the Old Testament and this Sunday will conclude with the New Testament. (The sermon is on the McKinney website.)
While the Bible is made up of 66 books written by more than 40 authors, it tells only one story. Like many books, you have to build the characters and the history in order to get anything from the story. The Bible basically does the same. So, instead of taking a small section of the Bible to study, Chris is stepping back to have us look at the big picture.
The Old Testament books are in order by genre or style. The story does not necessarily go chronologically with each chapter or book picking up where the other left off. Rather, the books are split into categories. The first five books relate to us the laws; how we are to behave and to walk with God. The following twelve books relate history. These books and others illustrate that we, as humans, need God. We need Him to give us guidance and direction. These books also illustrate that every time we are given “perfect” circumstances… think Garden of Eden, or “imperfect” circumstances… think Noah disembarking from the ark, rescuing Israel from slavery, etc… God has to rescue humanity again because we revert back to our sinful ways. He said, “God blesses and man fails. … Man cannot make things right on his own.” This doesn’t matter whether we start with perfection or not.
We know God wants something different from us because of the next set of 5 books: the books of poetry. These books were written throughout the history part of the Bible. They illustrate that God has something in store for us: a plan for life.
- Job tells us how to suffer well and balance suffering with hope and trust.
- Psalms gives a plan for worship in all circumstances.
- Proverbs, written by Solomon, gives a plan for the pursuit of wisdom.
- Ecclesiastes tells about the pursuit of happiness from the perspective of Solomon. It has been suggested that this is the perfect book for our time
- Songs of Songs involves romance and sex, telling how to have lasting relationships in life.
The rest of the Old Testament are the books of the prophets, both major and minor, and they all have the same theme: God will always judge sin but He desires restoration. God is a perfect God who wants a relationship with us but will always judge sin.
Then, 400 years of silence until the New Testament. The Old Testament people are left to wonder what God will do. This Sunday, Chris Freeland will continue his sermon by concluding with the New Testament and illustrating how it and the Old Testament tie in to each other to complete the whole story.
Will the Messiah that was spoken about in the Old Testament really come to save mankind? Do the Old Testament and the New Testament really tie in together? For the answers to these questions, come listen to Chris this Sunday at McKinneyMemorialBibleChurch. There are two services to choose from: 9:00 and 10:15.
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Fort Worth, TX76109
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