January 20, 2017

Plain fact, Christians talk to much, the sign of an amateur, talk to much, sign of no confidence, talk to much. Sometimes the best message is short, concise and to the point.

One of the most powerful, yet underappreciated, tools of communication is the summary. Summaries allow us to condense large quantities of information into smaller pieces that are easier to remember and simpler to communicate to others.

 Scripture frequently uses summaries, such as when Paul distills the essence of the Mosaic Law in five words: “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Gal 5:14).

 Summaries, both those in the Bible and those we create, can be helpful for our spiritual formation. Memorizing brief summaries of the books of the Bible can help us to understand how the Bible fits together as a whole. And being able to explain the theme of the Bible in a short summary can be useful in our efforts to share the gospel with others.

Little exercises like this are not a replacement of reading the Bible itself in all its contours or big books that trace out the Bible in detail, but a pointer to the Bible and to such books. Here are a few examples of one-sentence summaries of the Bible:

  ➤ A holy God sends his righteous Son to die for unrighteous sinners so we can be holy and live happily with God forever.

 ➤ God glorifies himself in the redemption of sinners.

 ➤ God has made promises to bring His people to Himself and He is fulfilling them all through Christ.

 ➤ God reigns over all things for his glory, but we will only enjoy his saving reign in the new heavens and the new earth if we repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the crucified and risen Lord and who gave himself on the cross for our salvation.

  How would you summarize the message of the Bible in a single sentence?

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com


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