The Bible – What Is It For?


 

So, what’s the Bible all about then?

Is it a history book? A guidebook? A source of wisdom? An instruction book on how to be a Christian? A hoax? How do we use it? What is it FOR??

We were discussing it last week on the Alpha course and there were lots of things said about it but most interesting was the admission that many of us (there on the course, I don’t mean generally) don’t actually look in the Bible other than when we have to do a reading in Church, or when we want to look up something, or perhaps find something to support an argument we are having at that particular moment. All very good, but do we use it properly?

I admit that I have read versions of the Bible as a child and as a young adult, but those were in formats that were little more than storybook formats and since then I haven’t really read it with any sort of studiousness. I found I’m not alone in that and we found that it was a common issue that we just don’t know how to read it, or when to read it, or what to read in it. We don’t mind reading it at all, it’s just that we don’t know how to use it for maximum effect. We don’t know how to begin – what do we do with the bits we read? How do we connect them together to mean something to us in our own lives? Where do we stop reading?

I have been to Bible study groups before but always found that my own thoughts were usually crowded out by other people, or that my views became changed by what others saw before I had chance to consolidate my own and therefore think about things deeper. I don’t think I’m alone in that particular problem!

Eddie our minister said he has signed up for the Scripture Union daily bible reading and has it delivered to his email inbox every day and suggested that we have a look and see if it is useful to us as well. I went in search of it last night, and signed up right away. I got my first reading overnight but because I didn’t think about it I didn’t realise it went to my junk folder. Oops!

I have retrieved it now and wanted to share with you this fantastic resource if, like me, you find yourself not sure what to do with your Bible. The Scripture Union people promise to give you a pertinent reading each day and it helps you go deeper into the text – both in terms of what it means and how you can apply its lesson to your own life.

You will find them here. I can’t wait to see what effect it has on the way I use my Bible from now on. Will I find it to be a guidebook? Or something more than that?

Time will tell!!

 

 

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “The Bible – What Is It For?

Add yours

  1. Thanks for the great article. For me the Bible really began to come alive after my mind, or the Holy Spirit, started making connections. Isa.:28 9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: I also think it is important to read the Bible with the view of wanting to become fully aware of how much God loves us. And to discover Jesus in the Old and New Testament. Good luck and God bless you on your journey, sister !

    Like

  2. LOVE! what else can the Bible be for..it is an instruction book on caring for a loving your neighbour and tells you how to live a life that will please God. It tells you about Faith and above all it teaches you to Believe and to Love

    Like

I'd love to hear your view, please leave a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

A WordPress.com Website.

Up ↑

stuff i tell my sister

This blog is about stuff. Random thoughts and photos from an Oklahoma gal.

Interesting Literature

A Library of Literary Interestingness

adventures in theatreland

What I saw, what I thought...

The Simple Life Of Smith

The Blog Of My Life Here On Planet Earth

St Peter's, St Paul's and St Andrews, Blackley

Parish churches of Blackley, Manchester

Brendan Ball's Blog o-iii<0

Trumpeter, Urban Farmer & Art Enthusiast. Brendan plays exclusively on trumpet mouthpieces custom made for him by Toshiaki Kameyama! All images on the site are copyright to Brendan. Please credit any useage, or ask.

Bones Don't Lie

Current News in Mortuary Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

%d bloggers like this: