Welcome to the new and updated Mt Barker Presbyterian Church website. Writing here is a way of communicating to many. I hope it is at least once per week. It does gives opportunity to consider some matters that the church and the pastor of a growing church face today. Christian or unbeliever, member or outsider as you seek the truth I pray these words will be helpful to you.
In this last week I have again been told by a new acquaintance that the Old Testament is not relevant. Can that be true? Those who tell me this do have a view that the New Testament is authoritative in some way and that the Old Testament can be abandoned. Now while I would respect and love these people I cannot agree to their view and if given the opportunity would challenge them to go back and read the Bible - both Old and New Testament. I can only believe they were well taught some truths about Jesus via Sunday School and preachers from time to time. But at some point this view that the Old Testament is irrelevant became to them the truth. I would also notice that many who have revealed that that hold this view of the Old Testament that they are often more focused on God's love and grace and less on God's justice and wrath. Now in saying these things I am imagine many go unchallenged and perhaps don't reveal this view unless someone focuses on some Old Testament teaching. It seems a a battle to understand more. The more open a person is to learn - the more they can possibly learn. But the difficulty I find as a Pastor is their reluctance to even examine the alternate view. So often it seems many have had a good time in their earlier days of connecting with others but they stay spiritually babies. So what makes the Old Testament relevant? When the New Testament in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states:- 'all scripture is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so the person of God may be complete, equipped for every good work' it seems very clear. Scripture for the Apostle was the Old Testament! There is no place to separate any part of it and regard it as irrelevant. The whole Bible is regarded as the inspired word of God necessary for salvation. We read in Matthew 22:29-30 that Jesus made it clear to those who had a skewed view of both God and the Scriptures. 'But Jesus answered them,
"You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven."
I hope you take some time to read it as I do. Otherwise we are not going to even 'draw near' and understand or find out the great and marvellous teaching contained in 'all scripture' which is the word of God.