Track Group | 30.6
Track Group | 30.6
Hey everyone and welcome to another online Track Group. This week we ‘re continuing to follow along with the “live” Bible Project podcast series that is coming out weekly. We’re 1 behind, which is great because it means there is time to create a little resource to follow along with online. This series will use the Bible Project’s videos and have a few reflection questions to keep you thinking.
This week, we’re thinking about what it means for the New Testament letters to be a part of the bigger story of the entire Bible. But what is that larger story?
In the Bible Project video above the guys sum up the story of the Bible by looking at the first pages of the Bible. God’s vision for humanity as co-rulers with Him but humans choose to rule on their own terms and are exiled from the Garden. God promises Abraham that God will give Abraham a huge family and that God will use that family to bless all nations.
That’s the crucial bit. All nations. Not just Jews… but ALL nations.
Jesus came and lived out this announcemnt, the blessing is here. And through Jesus death and resurrection the way was openned up for all to receive the blessing.
But what does that have to do with the letters? Well the Apostles (who wrote the letters) felt that it was their call to proclaim that God’s Kingdom is here and to bring people together into this Kingdom.
For Digging Deeper
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
- If the letters were to help people from all nations to see themselves as part of the Kingdom of God, what do passages like James mean to the people this letter was written to?
- How do you think we should read the New Testament letters?
- Does the passage from James 2 hit home to you today?
This letter was most likely written to Jewish Christians who were gathering together for worship and community. The writer seems to know some things about thier struggles and difficulties in living as a community shaped by Kingdom values.
- In what things does the Church today need to be shaped more to look like the Kingdom of God?
Dear God, thank you that we are part of a bigger story of your plans and purposes with humanity. Help us today to be haped by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and that, through community, we create pockets of the Kingdom around us. Amen.
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