Matt Chandler is the Lead Pastor at the Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. He is also the President of Acts 29, a network of churches planting churches, and the author of many books and Bible studies including James, The Apostles Creed, A Beautiful Design, and The Explicit Gospel.
In this segment from the James: Faith/Works study, Matt breaks down the misconception that the Bible is all about us instead of focusing on who the Bible is truly about: God.
The entire video is above, and the complete transcript is below.
Did you hear like, “This is the roadmap to life”, right? Now I don’t want to dog on that because there’s some maps back here, okay? So I’m not dogging out the roadmap to life idea.
Except here’s my problem with it: The Bible is not primarily about you.
Now it will reference you, but this is not the Lord kind of stroking your hair, going, “Man, you are so amazing. I mean, I just want to talk about you all the time.”
That would be soul-crushing.
The Bible is about God because what we need most is to see Him behold His glory, get transfixed by it, and be led into the deep end of the pool. That’s how this works. That’s primary. That’s what we need. That’s what we were created for.
We call this salvation.
That the Holy Spirit opens up our heart to believe upon the person and work of Jesus Christ, reconciling us to God the Father, and allowing us to behold the magnitude of the grace and mercy of God, rescuing and ransoming sinners from death.