October 26, 2004

I’m trudging through The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin right now. Some good stuff, though it is taking some time to process through what he says. Here’s a quote I read this morning that jumped out at me:

In the Fourth Gospel Jesus defines for his disciples what is to be their relation to him. They are to “dwell in” him. He is not to be the object of their observation, but the body of which they are a part. As they “indwell” him in his body, they will both be led into fuller and fuller apprehension of the truth and also become the means through which God’s will is done in the life of the world.

I love to study the Scriptures and to hear people teach who really help develop my understanding of what the Scriptures have to say. I know I’m not alone in this, as many have praised churches that are really known for teaching the Bible, or critiqued those who don’t. However, how well we do or don’t teach the Scriptures isn’t the best criteria to gauge a church by. How much better to be called a “Jesus indwelling” church than a “Bible teaching” church. Unfortunately it is far too easy too intimately know the Scriptures and still not experience the Jesus they point towards. If our study of the Scriptures doesn’t lead us to life in Jesus, then we have missed it.

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