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.