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Introducing: “Know the Bible” series
Recently, we started rolling out themed content on the blog and just wrapped up our first, Becoming a Better Leader. The big idea with this series was to look at different leadership questions and perspectives from a biblical worldview.
In case you missed it, here are some of our most popular and favorite posts from the series:
- “Raising arrow children,” by Douglas Wilson
- “9 keys for leading women’s ministry,” by Hilary Tompkins
- “Preach the word,” by Harvey Turner
- “A hero for young men,” by Mark Driscoll
- “5 bits of wisdom for the professional Christian woman,” by Shandel Slaten
Now that we are closing this chapter, we are turning the pages with anticipation for our next theme, “Know the Bible.”
The Bible may be an old book filled with ancient stories, proverbs, and lessons, but it is still as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.
Many people still possess an interest in the Bible and its message today for a variety of reasons. Consider this snippet of evidence:
- The History Channel’s miniseries, The Bible, was viewed by millions of people
- A new version of the Bible in Norwegian is outselling Fifty Shades of Grey in Norway
- There is an average of 4.4 Bibles in every household in the United States
- The YouVersion Bible app recently exceeded 100 million downloads
- And many people in the United States believe that a lack of reading the Bible is leading to the country’s decline in morals and values
Does this interest in the Bible make it relevant or important?
Or does Hollywood’s productions, music producers’ mixes, book publishers’ marketing, or preachers who try to be cool make the Bible relevant?
None of the above.
In the words of Pastor Mark Driscoll, "The Bible's timeless words prove incredibly timely."
What ties all of the books and chapters together is the message of God’s grace to sinners and to those who are suffering. You may not know this, but this includes you, me, and everyone else in the world (Rom. 3:9, 23). The message of the Bible is for each and every single person in the world.
Not only is the message of the Bible relevant for your life, it is hands down the most important book you will ever read.
The Bible is completely sufficient to provide you with everything you need to know about God—what he is like, what he asks of you, and how you can enter into a personal relationship with him through faith in Jesus Christ (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 119:105; John 5:39; 20:31; Rom. 10:17; 2 Tim. 3:15–17).
What we think about the Bible and how we read, study, and interpret its message guides our life. Therefore, it can have eternal implications. That’s why we are going to focus on it and its message over the next several weeks.
We will run a series of posts about the Bible, how to study the Bible, teaching the Bible, and preaching the Bible. Here are some topics you should expect to see:
- What is Scripture?
- Can we trust the Bible?
- Personal opinions vs. the church’s opinion
- John Calvin on Scripture
- Does the Bible contain errors?
- How do you read the Bible?
- How do you study the Bible?
- Reading the Bible through the lens of the cross
- And more . . .
It is our desire to not only inform you about the Bible and its message, but to introduce you to the God of mercy and grace through its pages.
Is there something in particular you would like for us cover? E-mail us at email@example.com, and we will see if we can accommodate your request. (Though we will try, we may not be able to respond to every e-mail.)
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