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How To Live Under The Bible's Authority

Brian Mashburn

October 20, 2019

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How To Live Under The Bible's Authority

When you pick up the Bible, and you are looking to it as some sort of authority in your life, do you know what you are looking for, and consequently how to follow it?

For example, if you picked up a user manual for your car, you know precisely what that book is for, how to use it, and then, how to "follow it".

The same is true when you pick up a dictionary. You know exactly what you are looking for, how to find it, and then how to use what you find as an appropriate "authority" for your life.

I would not use a dictionary to figure out what kind of oil goes in my car, and I would not use my car manual to find out how to use the word "hullaballoo" in a sentence.

Now, I am assuming you know how to use a dictionary and how to use a vehicle user manual. But you may not! None of us know how to approach those books, what to approach them for, and how to utilize them in our lives until we learn how.

How much more so for the Bible?

A dictionary, after all, while it takes some orientation, is a fairly simple book, and so utilizing it to play the authoritative role in the small category of life for which it useful doesn't take a lot of time to learn.

But the Bible? The Bible is not a simple book. You'll remember that it is not a book at all, but a library of books, written by over 40 different authors in different times and languages for different time-bound purposes! And yet, our faith says that there is also a God element to the Bible, that by the Holy Spirit, all of these volumes tie together as an over-arching story within which we live.

So, our question for today is, how do we live under the authority of a story? While the question is at first eyebrow-raising, it is much simpler to understand than you think. In fact, each of us are living under the authority of a story whether we are aware of it or not.

Far too often, the stories that we are living under are far to small, and even destructive.

That is why God gives us His story. His story is magnificent, glorious, life-giving, and hopeful. And it is able to rescue us from even the most destructive our small stories, and redeem them into something beautiful.

So today, let us consider how to live under the authority of the Bible's story.

Questions? Send them to bmashburn@southwest.org and I will try to addresse it in this series.

Brian Mashburn

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