“Beyond Bible Study: Finding Jesus Christ in Scripture” by Frank Viola

Frank Viola is a prolific Christian author.  In this 20-page easy-to-read document, he explains how to find Jesus Christ in the Scriptures.  Moreover, he argues that – as Jesus said in  John 5:39 and Luke 24:25-27, 44-48 – revealing Jesus Christ is the purpose of the Bible.

In his opening sentence, Frank says:

In my personal judgment, many segments of the Christian world today—including much of the emerging church conversation and the house church movement—have lost the centrality of Jesus Christ.

He’s certainly right about that!  In fact, he’s probably understated the problem.

You can use Frank’s document as a Bible study outline to help you find Christ in the Scriptures.  His document will “prime the pump” and  you will find the Holy Spirit speaking to your soul about other passages, beyond the ones Frank mentions.  Trust those whisperings of the Spirit and learn about Christ.

Oh, and in part of the paper, Frank starts talking about the man-made church which a big focus for him.  I’m not persuaded by that focus but he at least recognizes that much is wrong with today’s institutional church.  My point would be to abandon church rather than try to fix it so that all attention can be given to honoring and obeying Jesus Christ (Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church).

Here’s a pdf from Frank’s website:  Beyond Bible Study: Finding Jesus Christ in Scripture.


6 Replies to ““Beyond Bible Study: Finding Jesus Christ in Scripture” by Frank Viola”

  1. Mike – You say, “My point would be to abandon church rather than try to fix it.” I’m wondering how that would work in light of Matt 16:18 (“I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it”) and the accounts in Acts and the epistles that clearly show the church developing as an institution?

    1. Ron,

      The true church in this age is pastored by Jesus Himself. See How to Be in the One True Church.

      Acts and the epistles do not show the church developing as a institution at all. On the contrary, they show “a people being prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). At over 30,000 denominations and counting, today’s Christianity is myopically focused on itself instead of the Lord whom it professes to serve.

  2. Mike – I did read the article. Is not what you call “the one true church” what others call the universal or invisible church? And don’t Acts and the epistles clearly show both dimensions: the universal (or if you will, one true) church of which every believer is a part, as well as local assemblies, also denoted as churches, with appointed elders and deacons (in other words, institutions)? I’m not sure I understand the distinction you are making.

      1. Mike – My point is not to defend that particular language. I’m simply asking if what you mean by “the one true church” is different from what others mean by the “universal” or “invisible” church. I’m really not trying to argue a point. I’m trying to understand what you are saying.

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