Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Bible for Teenagers

Some of my students have the attention span of a gnat. If you're like them, or if you're a youth pastor swarming with such gnats (just kidding, I love teens), you might relish Dane Ortlund's task of asking 25 pastors how they would summarize the Bible's message in one sentence. Jay Sklar's reply is probably the most simple and effective: "God made it, we broke it, Jesus fixes it!"

One commentor's summary is also really good: "God chose one man (Abraham) in order to make of him one great nation (Israel) so that through it He might bring forth one great Savior (Jesus) and through Him demonstrate God's glory and extend God's grace to all creation." Pretty well said.

My own (rather lengthy) sentence would be something like this: Despite the just curse of death brought through man's sin, God the Father has promised to defeat sin and exalt himself so that those who trust him will enjoy him and live under his blessing forever, and his Son Jesus has lovingly and graciously come in fulfillment of those promises to free us from judgment and bring us home with God--a life we taste even now by the power of his Spirit.

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