As Brethren articulate who they are, they are prone to communicating the behaviors of their particular witness, often omitting the distinctives of Brethren thought. Brethren believe particular things that shape our peculiar witness. This series will highlight the beauty and challenge of “The Centennial Statement.”
“Brethren doctrine centers on Jesus Christ as the living Word of God. The Holy Spirit progressively revealed God’s one plan of salvation in Christ from its first promise in the Old Testament to its fulfillment in the New. Given in human words in history, the Scriptures of both Testaments are the inspired Word of God, authoritative, trustworthy, and true in every respect. The New Testament, witnessing to the climax of that history, is the final rule of faith and life for the church. As an expression of grateful love to God, Brethren believe and obey the Bible, for only the written Word reveals to us Jesus Christ, the living Word.”
- Read John 1:1-4, 14 aloud. What stands out to you about the “Word?” Why does it stand out? How does this shape our reading of the Bible?
- Respond to the following line: “As an expression of grateful love to God, Brethren believe and obey the Bible, for only the written Word reveals to us Jesus Christ, the living Word.” What does it mean for the written Word to reveal the living Word? How do you read the Bible with “grateful love?”
- If someone who had never read the Bible asked you where to start reading, where would you have them start? Why do you have them start at that location? How does the starting point inform your view of the Bible?
- What’s the overarching message of the Bible? How does that shape your reading of it?
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