Wrapping up our series on the Bible’s story, Dr. Glenn Packiam joins us to explore what it looks like to live the story in real life. Rather than mechanical obedience, the Bible’s unfinished story invites us to faithfully improvise our parts in the drama today.
Jesus is the interpretive key that pulls all of the Bible’s narrative threads together into himself. In order to read the Bible well, we need to read every inch of it – including the First Testament and the non-gospel New Testament books – through the Jesus Lens.
Reading Backwards by Richard B. Hays: https://amzn.to/3usreTu
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Now that we have an overview of the Bible’s big 6-Act Story, how can we read individual stories and passages with a proper understanding of their place within the story? Today we take a look at the Ten Commandments and a well-known phrase from the Sermon on the Mount and reframe them in their proper narrative context.
*If you haven’t listened to Episode 14 on the 6-Act Story of the Bible, you may want to listen to that first.
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In our previous episode we argued that the Bible is primarily a unified story, but how does that story actually work? Today we do our best to summarize the 6 ‘acts’ of the Bible’s story:
Act 1: World’s Genesis
Act 2: Humanity’s Rebellion
Act 3: Israel’s Quest
Act 4: King’s Advent
Act 5: Community’s Calling
Act 6: God’s Homecoming
This is a bulky episode covering a lot of content, so feel free to take a couple breaks and process it if you need.
‘Venn Diagram’ Illustration Alex mentioned in Act 5: https://bit.ly/3iNqL8O
Read more: https://instituteforbiblereading.org/drama-of-the-bible/
The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen: http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/the-drama-of-scripture-2nd-edition/231504
The New Testament and the People of God by N.T. Wright pp 139-143
We’re excited to welcome J.R. Briggs as the newest member of our Board of Advisors!
J.R. is the Founder of Kairos Partnerships, an organization dedicated to equipping and partnering with hungry leaders in their health and development. He also serves as an affiliate faculty member at Missio Seminary in Philadelphia and on the Board of Directors for Jerusalem University College.
“While the Bible is widely available, it is often misunderstood and neglected. I’m grateful for IFBR and its strategic, intentional, and creative work to equip people to engage with the entire story of Scripture. This vision is exciting and contagious, and it serves a significant need today. Few things are as important in our day and age than this effort.”
Our Senior Director of Content, Glenn Paauw, was recently interviewed on J.R.’s Monday Morning Pastor podcast. Check out his interview (which starts around 12:15) here: