Pathway Process :: DNA Primer

Week 5: Gospel'ing  How To Read the Bible



Consider the following quotes together:

“There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true.”
J.R.R. Tolkien on the Bible 


“The Bible is not a book of rules, though there are rules in it. Or a book of heroes, though it certainly contains them. Rather it is an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne - everything - to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life! You see, the best thing about this Story is - it’s true. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. The Child upon whom everything would depend.”
Sally Lloyd Jones, “The Jesus Storybook Bible”


{ Question 1 }

When you think about the above quotes and the fact that you and I (and humans in general) are “story-formed people,” meaning our lives are shaped by stories, what thoughts come to mind with respect to the necessity of knowing how to read the Bible as a means for GOSPEL’ING?


Read Ephesians 1:3-6 together:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”


{ Question 2 }

Discuss how these verses point us to the Freedom & Family which, for His glory, God affords to people, through faith in Jesus!



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{ Question 3 }

As you consider how the entire story of the Bible points us to find true freedom & family through faith in Jesus, what are the implications for being a person who consistently practices “GOSPEL’ING?”



DNA Plan

Discuss together how you can make specific, measurable plans for personally engaging with Scripture this week.



An Abridged Glossary of Terms

Because the Bible is made up of 66 books, written by 40 different authors, ranging from the highly educated (Moses and Paul) to common fisherman (Peter), spanning over 1500 years, in at least 3 different languages, and across 3 continents, it necessarily includes words, phrases and theological ideas that can be difficult to understand. 

This brief glossary of terms includes such words, phrases and theological ideas that are frequently encountered in Scripture, and for which we’ve developed short-hand definitions. Knowing these words and their definitions will keep you from getting hung up in your reading and conversations, thereby helping you keep momentum in reading, conversing, and generally keep things from getting “lost in translation.”

  • God = The Creator and Sustainer of all things, who is good, great, gracious, glorious. Nothing happens except through Him and by His Will :: The true Father and King
  • Jesus = The anticipated (Old Testament), manifested (Gospels), explained (Epistles) and consummated (Revelation) hero of the Bible and Lord and Savior of humanity. 
  • Sin = Literally means “missing the mark.” :: It’s about living our way at God's expense, either by rejecting, ignoring, or disbelieving Him :: Living without reference to God in some way.
  • Idolatry = Sinfully finding our hope, happiness or security in created things rather than our Creator.
  • The Law = God's performance standard for righteousness - The Law is summed up in loving God with our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40).
  • Righteousness = A Validating Performance Record :: A Resume
  • Gospel = The Message of true Freedom, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Romans 1:16-17).
  • Repentance = Consciously agreeing with God and His understanding of reality and then acting on that agreement.
  • Obedience = Joyful allegiance. 
  • A Christian = A person who has been adopted by grace, through faith into the family Jesus freed by His life, death and resurrection.
  • Discipleship/Growth/Sanctification = Learning to live into the new family of Jesus by moving from unbelief to belief in Jesus in every area of life.