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Start in the Middle

Series: How the Bible Came to Us

Speaker: Josh Stelly

July 7, 2024

Josh Stelly

Lead Pastor

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"If you believe what you like in the Bible, and reject what you like, it is not the Bible you believe but yourself."
-Saint Augustine of Hippo


"The Bible is not antique, or modern. It is eternal."
- Martin Luther (Founder of the German Reformation)


Luke 1:1–4 (NLT)- Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write an accurate account for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.


Luke 23:50–53 (NIV)- Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.


Luke 23:55–56 (NIV)- The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.


Acts 2:32 (NIV)- God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.


Luke 1:1 (NIV)- Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,


John 20:30–31 (NIV)- Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


“If the Tiber floods the city or if the Nile refuses to rise or if the sky withholds its rain, if there is an earthquake, a famine, a pestilence, at once the cry is raised, ‘Christians to the lions.”
—Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus


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