Is the Bible Relevant?

It's the best-selling book of all time, but some say it's irrelevant. Gabe Lyons weighs in on the Bible's relevance in today's world.

Questions for Discussion and Personal Reflection

  1. What does it mean to say that God is still telling a story?
  2. How could a book be "alive"?

I find myself often reading scripture, reading contexts that are thousands of years old and, and imagining, "What does that look like today? What does it, what does look like if Jesus is walking into my neighborhood in Tribeca today and interacting with people and engaging with people? How would that look and feel differently than how I'm doing it and how I'm thinking?" I believe God's still telling this story. I don't think the Bible is just a dead book. I think it's alive. I think it's communicating to us today and giving us vision and, and a, and a conviction of how God's love should constantly be ruminating within this world, and how we're supposed to be those who are spreading it, and how it's supposed to be good news. And unfortunately, a lot of people in our world just see it as bad news and see the Bible as a book of to-dos and a book of, uh, conflicting information versus seeing it as this unfolding story, this pursuit of God constantly pursuiting humankind, constantly trying to love us into relationship, not command us into it, but accept us and love us into, into relationship, into the way we were designed as human beings to see the world. Anybody who hasn't read the Bible or who, um, hasn't given it a chance, you know, pick up, pick up the Bible. Pick up, you know, start reading a gospel, start reading Luke, start reading John, start just reading this story and see if you can resist the power of the story of Jesus. I find as people do that that they're intrigued and they're drawn in, and I think that's probably been happening for, uh, the, the 1,900 years or so since we've had this Bible start to be put together into this canon. I think we're seeing that it's, it's a very powerful, a powerful thing that God's using to bring people together and to keep us, keep this movement on the same page for, for years over years.