The Gospels are a fascinating look into the life of the Messiah, the Chosen One, who delivers us from sin and brings us back to God. Surrounded in controversy, yet filled with wonder, how can we best read these books and also inspire others to read them well?
1-The Wonder of the Person of Jesus
I think the first way we can come to the Gospels and encourage the church with the Gospels is to fall in love with the person of Jesus. These stories about him are filled with mystery and intrigue. We can simply enjoy the story and become fascinated with the person and identity of Jesus. Too many times we approach the Gospels looking to dissect them or to manipulate them to our own presuppositions. Rather than constantly running to the debate of fine details, there is much joy to be found when we are caught up in the wonder of this man who came and changed history. This man who came in obscurity (a poor peasant in outer villages) and sought obscurity (telling many not to talk about him), then actively injected himself into hostile environments (rebuking religious leaders) leading to his violent death, but his death was not the end. This story, filled with so many layers of marvel, can bring us to our knees in awe. Watching this kind of example in the leadership will draw people to the message of these Gospel writings. It will also turn some people off, but we can bring people to a crossroad of decision as Jesus did. This can move people from ignorance of these stories to a desire to hear them and engage with them.
2-Facing the Challenges Head-On