In our culture now, it is rather passé to think that there is any kind of objective or absolute truth. You believe one thing, I’ll believe another; both are true for us! But to claim that there is a truth that’s true for both of us is now offensive. As Christians, we’re even more offensive because not only do we claim there is a truth-for-everybody ‘TRUTH’, but that this truth can be defined by a religious book that is millennia old. Frankly, the Christian claim that the Bible is the word of God and should be taken as an authoritative revelation of the truth-truth is simply laughable to most people in our culture. But this claim is central to our faith.
As Christians we too often have questions about the Bible, what we believe about it and how best to understand it. It is often differences here, that lead to differences elsewhere in the church. We want to take some time this Sunday and next to teach into these foundational issues, to explore what we are really claiming about the Bible and the basis on which we’re making these claims (that’s this week), together with addressing issues of how we interpret the Bible (that’s the following week). I hope that these sermons allow us to ground our beliefs about scripture into common ground and challenge us to know, articulate and defend our unpopular claims in a culture where truth has been lost, but hope has been lost with it. As we do this, as Paul exhorts us in Ephesians, may we grow in the unity and maturity of Jesus.