The Divine Romance – God, the Bible, and the Church by Chris Hall
The kind of Bible you read is determined by the kind of person you are.
What do I mean when I say this?… I’m not referring to your preference of translation, whether it be ESV, NIV, KJV, etc. Nor am I referring to your Bible’s binding, color, or publisher. I’m not trying to get at original manuscripts. And I’m definitely not trying to point out denominational preferences.
What I mean is this… What people receive from Scripture is not always what Scripture reads, but rather what people read into it…
The Bookends of the Bible by Leon Dean
The first item is the building. The second is the couple.
This is an unfinished building. Kind of like the church. Sorry, no pictures of the couple for now.
The building actually doesn’t appear in the first two chapters of the Bible, but the building materials do. In the garden of Eden, there were three valuable building materials: gold, bdellium, and onyx stone (Genesis 2:12). In the New Jerusalem, there are once again three valuable building materials: gold, pearl, and twelve different kinds of precious stones (Revelation 21:18-21). Along the way, Paul also writes about three valuable building materials: gold, silver, and precious stones (1 Corinthians 3:12).
Through careful examination of these verses, you can see a progression. In Genesis, the building materials are scattered throughout the garden of Eden. In 1 Corinthians, the building materials are in the process of being built on the foundation of Christ. Finally, in Revelation, the building materials are fully built into the holy city, the New Jerusalem…
A Divine Romance in the Bible by David Fulton
A lot of the videos on this site deal with the experience of you as a believer in Christ: how to eat Christ (Aubrey), how to have a church meeting (Chris), not to be under condemnation (Arely), but the one that stood out to me was God’s Eternal Purpose (Garrett). While it is critical to understand our position and responsibility as believers, it is also crucial to see the God’s side.
He has a stake in this game; He didn’t send His Son to redeem us just because He’s so nice. God wants something. God is already many things to us: our Creator (John 1:3), our Shepherd (John 10:11), our Father (John 1:12), our Savior (Philippians 3:20), and our Head (Colossians 1:18). But there is one more thing that God wants to be to us…