Last week, I wrote about the Bible in an effort to encourage you to read, study, comprehend, and apply it to your life. After all, it’s not enough just to own one (or even several) Bible(s). It’s also not enough to listen to the Word of God as it is preached or taught. The Bible is your personal guide for life and eternity! It should be something that you enjoy and cherish.
In the past year, I have felt the burden to help you become more familiar with your Bible by looking at the individual books (particularly those within the Old Testament). There was simply so much vital information within those books, that we only made it thru Genesis and Exodus! So, I would like to continue my original burden within these articles by giving you a brief glance of each book in many of the coming bulletin articles. I know this is a large task, but I believe a profitable one! I hope you enjoy and learn some things about your Bible along the way!
Next week, we will briefly recap Genesis and Exodus while focuses upon Leviticus. This week, I want to refer to an article from the Zondervan Handbook to the Bible which adequately sums up the contents of the Bible.
It says the Bible can be divided up into 6 parts:
1) Creation 2) “Fall” 3) Israel 4) Jesus 5)Christ’s followers 6) The end-time
Now, I realize that’s a rather “loose” outline with many details left out, but these are the main points of emphasis throughout the Word of God.
The same article goes on to say that there are two main ways to look at the Bible:
The big story
The Bible is a superb story-book, full of exciting tales well told. But it is more than just a collection of stories-there is one big story told by the whole collection of individual stories. At the centre of the big story is God and what [H]e is doing with the world and the human race. The Bible begins with God creating the heavens and the earth and tells the story of [H]is dealings with humankind through to the day, yet to come, when [H]e will wrap history up, and war, disease, death and pain will be no more. . . .
The Bible as a witness
The Bible does not simply tell this story in a detached way, as a historian might. It is written to invite those who hear its message to respond to Jesus too. It is a testimony to what God has done in history and what God will yet do. It is written to persuade its readers to become followers of Jesus, and to help them understand how to follow [H]im. . . . Reading the Bible is like receiving an invitation. . .it seeks our response!
Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Aug.23, 2017