Bringing what is written in the Bible to the realities of our culture and practically applying its truths to our everyday lives.
(Colossians 3:17; James 2:14-17; Luke 10:27)
The contents of our Bible were written over a 1,500-year span, and its stories took place in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It was written in three languages by at least 40 authors with professions including farmer, fisherman, tentmaker, homeless prophet, doctor, scribe, musician, and pastor. However, in all of this, Jesus never wrote one word.
While the task of understanding it seems insurmountable for our cultural context, we will continually seek to learn and grow in our faith using the Bible as our core text. We will work to grasp what the Bible meant for its audience and determine how it applies to us in London, Ontario, Canada in the 21st century.
Finally, we will continue to ask questions. What am I supposed to do with this? How is it to inform my thinking and my actions? How am I to engage with my neighbors, my co-workers, my spouse and my children? How am I to manage my finances and be a citizen of both Canada and the world?
Believing things about God is only the first step – living the life God has called us to live is what we ultimately desire, and what we can only do together.