Dane Ortlund asked twenty-five pastors and scholars to answer the question: “What is the message of the Bible in one sentence?” The answers are very good – ranging from short to long, simple to profound. Well worth the time to read through them.
I believe trying to think about the one message of the Bible is a very helpful exercise. This is because too often we are tempted to treat the Bible as merely a collection of many different stories with a moral lesson. A Christian version of Aesop’s Fables. While it is true that the Bible does contain many different stories and that most of them have a moral lesson, the Bible is much more than what it is often treated as. The Bible is one story, with one overarching message. That story is the most compelling story ever written. Literally, “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”
I have thought a lot about this topic, even preaching a series of sermons on the subject. In my series of sermons on the story of the Bible, I tried to expand on this sentence offering my understanding of the central message of Scripture:
The Bible is the story of a God who makes a spectacular promise about a supernatural Person who creates a special people to live in a supernal place with Him forever.
What about you? How would you summarize the message of the Bible? Would you leave out from or add something to my summary? Feel free to take a stab at it in the comments section. As I said, this is a fruitful exercise.