What do we believe about the Bible?
“God has revealed himself in the Bible and every word was inspired by God through human authors so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice”
How do I start reading it?
First, it’s important to realize that the Bible is not an ordinary book that reads smoothly from cover to cover. It’s actually a library, or collection, of books written by different human authors in several languages over several thousand years and yet it is ONE book with ONE author and ONE subject. And that subject that binds the whole book together is Jesus Christ and the salvation God offers through him.
So with that in mind, it is probably best to get a reasonably up-to-date translation of the Bible, such as the New International Version (NIV) which we use in church. It is wise not to start at the beginning of the Old Testament and get bogged down in the genealogies and name lists of Numbers and the laws of Leviticus. As the focus of the Bible is Jesus Christ, then the best place to start is with one of the Gospels to learn about his life, death and resurrection.
We don’t know whether you are a Christian or not but we suggest using the Gospel of Mark and there is some useful help here using the ‘UNCOVER’ resource.
Read a whole chapter at a time, more if you can, to see the developing account of Jesus’ life. Ask what it tells you about God, about Jesus and how this fits in to God’s wider plan of salvation. Is there anything that you need to do as a result of reading this passage?
If you are new to reading the Bible, it would be really helpful to read it with a Christian friend, or at least ask them if you can discuss what you’ve read with them afterwards. If you feel comfortable, pray beforehand that God will speak to you through what you are reading and will help you to understand it. If you don’t believe in God, then read it anyway. Contact us if we can be of more help.
If you want more information about reading the Bible please email the Leadership Team.