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066. Revelation Summary

Well, I am a bit sad that we find ourselves in the final one of these gospel summaries.  It has been an amazing thing for me; I feel incredibly blessed that I have been able to spend my time tracing that golden cord of the gospel through every book of the Bible. We’re at the final book, the book of Revelation, and I would title this, “The Great War and the Final Victory.” Revelation begins with the past, present, and future gospel. Let me read: John to the seven... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, March 1, 2021

065. Jude Summary

I would title Jude, “What the Gospel Is and Is Not.” Jude is a strong drink; it's tough. It demonstrates again how important it is for us to hold on to the purity of the gospel. And so, there's this contrast in Jude between what the gospel isn't and what the gospel is, and that contrast is in content and character. And, as he begins to talk about what the gospel isn't, Jude just uses these devastating, impolite word pictures. Here's his characterization of... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, February 22, 2021

064. 2nd & 3rd John Summary

Well, I would title 2 and 3 John, “Contending for the Gospel.” I’ve decided to handle these two little letters together because first, their size, there are a total of 28 verses together. And so, it seemed wise to handle that as a piece. But there are, again, this two sides of the same coin; the content of 2 John is guarding the truth. Let me read verse 1, “The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I, but also all who know... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, February 15, 2021

063. 1 John Summary

Well, I would title 1 John, “Genuine Fellowship with God.” The theme of this wonderful letter is fellowship with God, and John is very intent on rooting his readers in the truth that there's no such thing as fellowship with God that doesn't have its foundation in the personal work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our fellowship with God is through the Lord Jesus Christ, that sin broke that fellowship, and Jesus had to come, again to live the life that we could not live, die a death... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, February 8, 2021

062. 2 Peter Summary

I would title 2 Peter, “Faith and Falsehood.” One of the additions that this particular letter makes, this particular book of the Bible makes, to our understanding of the gospel, how to know the gospel, how to preserve the gospel, how to live out of the gospel, is that it reminds us, listen carefully here, that the greatest dangers to the church and the church’s allegiance to the gospel are never found outside the church. They’re always found inside the church. The... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, February 1, 2021

061. 1 Peter Summary

Well, I was thinking that I love 1 Peter, but I think, in this series, I've probably said that ten times approaching a new passage. But there's something particularly helpful and particularly sweet about 1 Peter. I would title 1 Peter, “Suffering and True Spirituality.” Peter is writing to a now mixed bag of believers, Gentiles who had lived in this world of worldly pleasure and Jews who had lived in the Old Testament traditions and the legalism that came out of out of... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, January 25, 2021

060. James Summary

Well, I would entitle James, “A Portrait of the Life of Faith.” James is so incredibly intent on demonstrating that true faith is demonstrated by how you live, that of 108 verses in James, there are almost 60 commands. That's a command for every like verse and three quarters; it's pretty amazing. And that is a very, very important part of this gospel thread to understand that the gospel, belief in the gospel, is not just a transaction of your brain, but it really is a move... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, January 18, 2021

059. Hebrews Summary

Hebrews is one of those very thorough handlings of the gospel in Scripture. I would liken Hebrews to Romans for its thoroughness. Romans has this central contrast between the law and grace, what the law isn’t able to do and what grace does. And Hebrews has a central contrast too; it’s between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, the inadequacies of the Old Covenant and the fulfillment of the New Covenant in the Lord Jesus Christ. To go after that, Hebrews essentially is... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, January 11, 2021

058. Philemon Summary

Again, I love the order of these letters because it's as if Philemon is placed where it's placed as a practical case study of everything that's been said so far in all of these books. The position is just incredible. It is a case study of two men, well three men. I would entitle Philemon, “Forgiveness and Restoration.” Philemon is the account of a personal letter from Paul in prison to Philemon. The subject of the letter is Onesimus, who was Philemon's servant who... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, January 4, 2021

057. Titus Summary

Titus is about hope.  I would entitle Titus, “Where is Hope to be Found?”  The foundation of this letter is a contrast; it’s a contrast between hope in human accomplishment and hope in God’s grace in Christ Jesus.  Now, the fact of the matter is every human being hopes. Everything that we do in our life is connected to some kind of hope. Everybody hooks his/her hope to something. Hope has an expectation placed in some kind of object; that’s what... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, December 28, 2020

056. 2 Timothy Summary

Well, 2 Timothy is even more of a personal feel than 1 Timothy is, and I'm going to, in a minute, read you one culminating passage in this book. If the theme of 1 Timothy is “Order in the Church; the theme of 2 Timothy is “Endurance in the Church.” If we’re going to maintain that order, we will need to endure because the church lives under hardship, the church lives under attack, both inside the church and outside the church. Maybe you've been reading the news... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, December 21, 2020

055. 1 Timothy Summary

In 1 and 2 Timothy, Paul is writing personal instructions to young Pastor Timothy. These two letters have such a mentoring feel to them. This older man in the faith, counseling this younger man in the faith, and they’re very sweet as a result. You can see Paul's love for Timothy and his desire for Timothy in the church, to get it right. And so, because Paul is writing to a pastor, 1 and 2 Timothy is the gospel in the church. The location of the gospel in Timothy is the church;... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, December 14, 2020

054. 2 Thessalonians Summary

Well, as I’ve said, the two Thessalonians are focusing on living with eternity in view, and that is surely true of 2 Thessalonians. My deeply creative title for this is, “Waiting-Part II,” this time not ‘Action,’ but ‘Comfort,’ the ultimate comfort that Paul wants to give these people who are living in the difficulty of life between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet.’ Where we still live in a broken groaning world; where we still... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, December 7, 2020

053. 1 Thessalonians Summary

Well, 1 and 2 Thessalonians are essentially on the same topic; it is, “What does it look like to live with eternity in view?” The whole message of Scripture is, this right here, right now, time and place that we’re in, is not our final destination. It is a preparation for a final destination.  So, you can't live with a destination mentality, you can't try to turn this moment into paradise. Sorry, but your marriage will never be the paradise you want it to be,... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, November 30, 2020

052. Colossians Summary

I sort of think of Colossians as being at the top of this staircase we’ve been walking up; Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians. It's like each one of these letters, the way they’re positioned in the Bible, are a stairstep up to this message. I would entitle Colossians, “Jesus at the Center.” The culmination of this gospel is this, that Jesus is the grace of God; that grace isn't a theology first, grace isn’t a way of thinking, grace isn't... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, November 23, 2020

051. Philippians Summary

I don't know what you're facing today. I don't know what burdens or temptations in this fallen world, I don't know what trials you're going through, how discouraging they may be, physical, financial. I don't know if this pandemic, we have been through, has altered your life in ways that are very troubling. There are times in life where it seems like there's not much reason to rejoice, and that is actually the title that I'm giving to Philippians, “Reason to... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, November 16, 2020

050. Ephesians Summary

It's an understatement to say that I love Ephesians. Ephesians is so gospel-rich; I mean there's so much gospel-fire in Ephesians; it’s a wonder the pages don't burn or melt. It’s just incredible! And Ephesians is probably one of those books that divides, very clearly, into two parts. I would entitle Ephesians, “Gospel Roots and Gospel Fruit.” In the first three chapters of Ephesians, you get this explanation of the gospel. It's just glorious; every... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, November 9, 2020

049. Galatians Summary

Well, as we've been summarizing these books of the Bible, it’s really impressed me that the zeal of God for giving us His Word is so that we would know the God of the Word, and that we would know His Son, the Lord Jesus. The Bible is way more than a religious, formally religious book, or a theological book; it is the narrative of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we've seen that literally in every book of the Bible so far. Well, we’re in Galatians, and I... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, November 2, 2020

048. 2 Corinthians Summary

Well, we get to 2 Corinthians and you think, “Well, what else can be said about the gospel?” Well, I would title 2 Corinthians, “Different From Anything Else.” Paul, through the vehicle of his own life, lays out for us how this way of living that is the life that is formed by the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the life that really finds its hope in what Jesus has done, is different from any other life. And, he is his most autobiographical here; Paul is his... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, October 26, 2020

047. 1 Corinthians Summary

I don't know about you, but often my life seems incredibly messy; it seems like there's unexpected difficulty all the time; there are difficult choices, and oppositions and quandaries that are just part of life. Well, welcome to life in a fallen world. We live in a world that's groaning, waiting for redemption, and that brokenness of our world will enter your door. There's no sense in the Bible that being a child of God gives you a ticket out of the fallenness of this world. God... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, October 19, 2020

046. Romans Summary

Romans, it makes sense that Romans does what it does because it's so needed. We've seen so much of Jesus and we've begun to hear of the gospel and the early preaching of the disciples. Well, here comes Romans! I love where it's positioned for us in the Bibles that we hold in our hands because I would entitle Romans, “The Explanation.”   Here's where the gospel of Jesus Christ gets unpacked for its meaning, its purpose, its implications. And, I don't... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, October 12, 2020

045. Acts Summary

Well, what do you say about Acts other than it is ridiculously exciting! The Gospels are just full of the excitement of the arrival of Jesus, but you begin to see the fruit of His work exploding in Acts from the cross and the resurrection, to Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria, and across the known world, to Rome. Acts is amazing! You could title Acts, “Preach The Gospel” because a third of the content of Acts is actually speeches or sermons; it's where you begin to see the gospel... Read More
Posted by Dalton Greiner at Monday, October 5, 2020