In the benefice of Saxmundham with Kelsale cum Carlton, we read and teach from the Bible every Sunday, but this weekend it is Bible Sunday with a particular focus on the Bible.
Rev Nic Stuchfield preached today on what the Bible is for, using the words in St Paul’s letter to the Romans chapter 15 verse 4. “4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (NIV translation.) see https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+15%3A4&version=NIV
But what was the Bible that our Lord Jesus Christ and St Paul referred to as the Scriptures?
Professor John Goldingay, an Old Testament teacher formally of St Johns College, Nottingham UK and now based at the Fuller Theological Seminary in USA, tries to explain this to us in a video talk available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2NsFK_gLtE&t=1254s and embedded below:
I hope that this is helpful in realising that the Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of all the Law and the Prophets, i.e. the Old Testament, just as He said, and that He gives us hope because of His death and resurrection which is recorded in the New Testament.
God bless you,
Tony Gibbs, PCC member.
St John the Baptist (Church of England) Parish Church, Saxmundham.