BUILT TO LAST | Relevance

Built to Last – Relevance

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12 NRSV
At seminary, they taught us that the bible is a multifaceted text. It’s not a single book, but a library of books. Not only is it a historical text that was written thousands of years ago, but it’s also a modern text. We read the bible in modern day English, not in the original ancient Greek and Hebrew. When we read the word “love” or “freedom” we read it through a capitalist American understanding where we can choose whom we love instead of having to bargain for a marriage. How can it ever be possible that authors from thousands of years ago, in countries thousands of miles away, write scripture that we find relevant today? Does it matter what Jesus was saying about Julius Caesar or is it more important what we think he’s saying about the American Government?
When I was a chaplain intern, I realized that the bible is the most important resource in times of trouble. I had met with a patient who had just had a successful surgery where they removed a cancerous tumor. Visiting with him, I realized that he was happy that the surgery was successful but still anxious that it may come back. I asked him for a favorite scripture of his and he mentioned Psalm 23. So, I read that scripture and prayed with him. As I was reading and praying, I could see the tears coming down his face. He was so touched! I could tell that what had happened in that room offered a healing presence. God was there in that moment. 
For him, scripture was written for him right there in that situation. There was power in those words. Even though it was written by men thousands of years ago; the Holy Spirit lives and works today in those words. God’s peace dwells within that ink. The healing power of Jesus Christ emanates out of those pages. As a church, we are to declare the relevance of scripture in the midst of a secular age that is in need of Jesus. That’s why we preach sermon series topics because Crossroads Church believes that the Christian faith is relevant and important. 

Mark Schlasner

Questions to Consider
1. Why do you think that some people find Christianity to be irrelevant? 
2. How has scripture helped you during a difficult time?
3. Where do you think the Holy Spirit is most needed today?