Sermon 1 for 9/2/2018: Ask-the-Pastor on Reading the Bible

Deuteronomy 4:1-2 and 6-9, Psalm 15, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.
— Martin Luther

Sermon Notes

Some years ago, our denomination began an initiative called The Book of Faith to enliven Lutherans with resources to get back to reading Scripture. They wanted to empower us all to have direct encounter with The Word.  They wanted to cultivate biblical literacy.  David Lose did a series we studied here at church called Making Sense of Scripture.  From this curriculum, I use the metaphor of reading scripture as darts vs. chains.  So I thank this initiative for giving me such a helpful tool in teaching people how to put the grace of God made known as Jesus Christ as the primary lens we to focus on the Word.  Find out more at