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The Greatest Chapter in the Bible

Romans 8 is Great!

No one can say for sure what is The Greatest Chapter in the Bible, there are so many to choose from, but if I were going to choose the greatest chapter in the Bible, I would definitely go with Romans 8.

Apparently, a lot of people agree. Earlier this year I ran a poll on Facebook as to what people thought was the greatest chapter in the Bible. I received a variety of answers, but the book of Romans got more votes than any other book, and Romans 8 got more votes than any other chapter. And that was before I shared it was my favorite chapter as well.

I agree with the person who said: “If I were on a desert island and I could only have one book it would be the Bible, and if I could only have one book in the Bible it would be the book of Romans, and if I could only have one chapter in the book of Romans, it would be chapter 8.” I even have my own saying about this chapter that I’ve been saying since I was in high school: “Romans 8 is great!”

Here are seven reasons why I think Romans 8 is the greatest chapter in the Bible:

1) It is trinitarian. It presents all three persons of the trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and also presents their different roles in the trinity.

2) It is gospel-centered, teaching about Jesus’ death and resurrection (34) and that Jesus died for our sins (3).

3) It presents in detail the three major doctrines of the Christian life: justification (1-4), sanctification (5-17), and glorification (18-30)

4) It presents the full order of salvation: “For those God foreknew he also predestined … and those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)

5) It presents a number of other key doctrines including: the incarnation of Christ (3); our adoption as sons (14-16); our future inheritance in heaven (17); the resurrection of the body (11, 23); and the intercession of the Holy Spirit and Jesus for the believer (26-27, 34).

6) It presents the full sweep of salvation history including: creation (19); fall (20, 22); redemption (24-25); and consummation (21, 23).

7) It contains some of the best known and most loved verses in the Bible concerning God’s great love for us in Jesus Christ:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

 
Note: Click here for six messages on Romans 8 from the sermon series: The Greatest Chapter in the Bible
 

Bible Reading Helps for 2017

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of free Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

New American Commentary Sale on Kindle

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I don’t know how long this sale will last, but right now most of the New American Commentary volumes for Kindle are on sale for $2.99 each. That’s a great sale as the print versions are usually in the $25-$30 range. I own the whole set, and these are great books for Bible study and teaching preparation. You can check out the various volumes for sale here: New American Commentary Volumes on Kindle.

The Magnificent Word of God Series

We recently completed a six-part series on The Magnificent Word of God, from Psalm 19:7-14. You can click the various links below to read the messages from the series.

The Magnificent Word of God

The Magnificent Word of God Series
(Click here for a PDF of all the sermon outlines for the series.)

The Word of the Lord (Inspired) – Psalm 19:7-14
Trustworthy and True (Infallible) – Psalm 19:7
Radiant and Right (Authoritative) – Psalm 19:8
Sure and Pure (Everlasting) – Psalm 19:9
More Precious than Gold (Priceless) – Psalm 19:10-11
A Prayer to Be Pleasing to God (Sanctifying) – Psalm 19:12-14
 

Philippians Series Available

The complete set of messages from Philippians is now available online. Please feel free to use these messages for personal study or in preparation for your own teaching from the book of Philippians.

Philippians | partners in the Gospel

Philippians – Partners in the Gospel
1) God’s Not Finished Yet (Philippians 1:1-6)
2) A Prayer for Christian Growth (Philippians 1:7-11)
3) Advancing the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-18a)
4) For to Me to Live Is What? (Philippians 1:18b-26)
5) Living Worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27-30)
6) True Christian Fellowship (Philippians 2:1-4)
7) The Humble Obedience of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11)
8) Shine Like Stars (Philippians 2:12-18)
9) Two Christ-like Servants (Philippians 2:19-30)
10) Knowing Christ (Philippians 3:1-11)
11) Eyes on the Prize (Philippians 3:12-16)
12) Citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:17-21)
13) Instructions for Earth (Philippians 4:1-9)
14) The Secret of Contentment (Philippians 4:10-13)
15) Supporting the Gospel (Philippians 4:14-23)

Read the Bible Through in a Week?

Yes, but only with a lot of help! Every year our church reads the entire Bible out loud in the sanctuary during Holy Week. We start on Palm Sunday by reading Genesis 1 out loud together during the morning service. Then people sign up for half-hour shifts throughout the week. We start at 7:00 a.m. and go to 10:00 p.m. most days. It takes about 150 half-hour shifts to read the whole Bible out loud. We read just up to the last chapter of Revelation on Saturday night. Then on Easter Sunday morning we read Revelation 22 out loud during the service, thus completing the reading of God’s Word out loud in the sanctuary from cover to cover.

We do this as an offering of praise back to God for His Word and to emphasize that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) It makes for a great church-wide activity, and everyone profits from participating.

So far this week we’ve read Genesis through Isaiah, so we pick up with Jeremiah 1 at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Here we go!

CT Interviews Roma Downey about the New History Channel Bible Series

Christianity Today posted an interesting interview with producer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey (who will portray Mary) about their new mini-series, The Bible, which airs this Sunday, March 3:

There have been many attempts to bring the Bible to the screen. What makes this project distinctive?

Roma Downey: We felt it was very important to tell the story in a way that brought deep emotional connection with people. The characters in the Bible are us, in many ways. The challenges they face; their love, hopes, dreams—we can all relate to them. It is important to make the connection with the heart. It is through the heart that we embrace God. And we found this was the thread through the whole story, through the entire Bible: the cohesive tissue is the amazing love that God has for us, most evident in the birth and life of Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection.

We also have access to CGI that no one has had before—the special effects are the work of Lola, the UK company that did CGI for the film Gladiator. We go from Abraham to the story of Moses which is quite spectacular visually. A Bible epic has never been done this way before with these new technologies. (Read more at Christianity Today.)

The Bible is a five-week miniseries that will air on the History Channel Sunday nights at 8pm beginning Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Bible Reading helps for 2013

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

Bible Reading Helps for 2011

Here are some links to help you with your Bible reading in the New Year. The first link points you to a variety of Bible reading plans. The second link will direct you to some good book resources. And the third link provides recommendations for children’s story Bibles (for families that would like to read the Bible with their children this year). May God bless you richly as you spend time with Him in his Word this year!

Reading the Bible Through in a Year Series:

      1. Free Bible Reading Plans for the New Year
      2. Books to Help You Read through the Bible
      3. Recommended Children’s Story Bibles

Related post: 5 Reasons to Read God’s Word This Year

When the Bible Seems Difficult to Understand

John Piper looks at the flip side to the objection that parts of the Bible are too difficult to understand:

It seems to me that if everything were easy and straightforward, no controversy at all, nothing complex, nothing apparently out of sync with my little human brain and its ability to discern contradictions, then I bet there would be a question here like, “If this is really God’s word, why is it so simple?”

I have often thought the same thing. If I understood everything about God and his Word, I would begin to wonder if this was really God’s Word at all. A God that finite human beings can fully understand wouldn’t be much of a God. I would be more inclined to think we made him up. The difficult parts of the Bible just serve to confirm what the Bible clearly proclaims anyways: He is God, and we are not.

        “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the
        things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
        that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

        “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we
        shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall
        know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

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Google Will Bring Dead Sea Scrolls Online

From The Washington Post:

[Google] and Israel announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to give researchers and the public the first comprehensive and searchable database of the scrolls – a 2,000-year-old collection of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek documents that shed light on Judaism during biblical times and the origins of Christianity. For years, experts have complained that access to the scrolls has been too limited.

Once the images are up, anyone will be able to peruse exact copies of the original scrolls as well as an English translation of the text on their computer – for free. Officials said the collection, expected to be available within months, will feature sections that have been made more legible thanks to high-tech infrared technology.

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