Tag: Bible

  • How To Read The Bible

    Reading the Bible is perhaps the most important thing a person can do. But how do we read the Bible effectively? People come to so many different conclusions as to what the Bible means that it can seem impossible for an individual to read the Bible and find the truth. Let’s look at the three most common ways we approach Bible reading and then consider the one question that as at the heart of effective Bible study.

    Three Common Approaches to Reading the Bible

    1. The most common way to approach reading the Bible is to treat the Bible like an instruction manual. We turn to it looking for guidance on what to do. The Bible gives us many commands that are to be obeyed. But if this is all we look for, we are left wondering why follow the instructions in this book and not one of the so many others that offer us guidance.
    2. Another common approach to reading the Bible is to treat it like a yearbook. When we open an old yearbook the first thing we usually do is look for our own picture. We turn to the Bible to find out what it says about us. We cannot properly understand ourselves apart from knowledge of the Bible. But if all we look for is what the Bible says about ourselves, we are missing the most important parts.
    3. Sometimes we approach the Bible like a history book. This happens when we read to learn about what God has done in the past. Now we are starting to get to the heart of the matter. The Bible is about God after all.

    But what if the Bible can help me understand how God is at work in the world, and even in my neighbourhood, today?

    While each of these approaches has value, none of them get to the heart of how to read the Bible. The Bible contains instruction, but it does more than tell us what to do. The Bible is more than a yearbook, and reveals so much more than just who we are. And while the Bible contains a tremendous amount of history and shows us what God has done, it is still more than that.

    Reading the Bible
    Reading the Bible

    The best way to read the Bible is to look for what it tells us about God. We will understand the message of the Bible most clearly when we realize who it is all about. While the Bible tells us a great deal about ourselves, we are not the main characters in its story. God is the main character of the Bible’s story. We will get the most out of our Bible reading when we read to learn about who God is.

    So the next time you open your Bible, why not choose a passage from the New Testament and start reading with this question in mind:

    What does this passage of the Bible tell me about who God is and what he is like?

    I find when I ask this question first of whatever passage I am reading, the message of the Bible becomes more clear to me. However you choose to read the Bible, the most important step is to get started. I encourage you to open your Bible today and ask God to help you get to know who he is.

  • The Bible and the Presence of God

    “Moderns have so commodified the Bible that we have forgotten that revelation brings us the very presence of God and not merely teachings about God. We have forgotten what it means to be afraid. We have so objectified the biblical text that we do not recognize our own position as object under the Word of God. Therefore, we believe that it is possible to promote truth about God without realizing that God’s truth and God’s presence are a package deal. We believe that the truth we are somehow promoting can be neatly packaged, arranged, and presented in a form that is easy to manipulate.” – Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns

  • Questions Jesus Asked, part 7

    • If even the smallest things are beyond you control, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:26
    • Why do you not judge for yourselves what is tight? Luke 12:57
    • What king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Luke 14:31
    • If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? Luke 16:11
    • Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Luke 17:18
    • Will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Luke 18:7
    • When the Son of Man comes will He find faith on earth? Luke 18:8
    • Who is greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Luke 22:27
    • Why are you sleeping? Luke 22:46
    • If they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? Luke 23:31

    These are questions Jesus asked. Do you have answers?


  • Questions Jesus Asked, part 6

    • Why do you question in your hearts? Luke 5:22
    • Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46
    • Where is your faith? Luke 8:25
    • What is your name? Luke 8:30
    • Who touched me? Luke 8:45
    • Will you be exalted to heaven? Luke 10:15
    • What is written in the Law? How do you read it? Luke 10:26
    • Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbour to the man who fell among the robbers? Luke 10:36
    • Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? Luke 11:40
    • Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you? Luke 12:14

    These are questions Jesus asked. Do you have answers?

  • Questions Jesus Asked, part 5

    1. Why does this generation seek a sign? Mark 8:12
    2. Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? Mark 8:17-18
    3. How many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up? Mark 8:19
    4. [To a blind man] Do you see anything? Mark 8:23
    5. What were you discussing on the way? Mark 9:33
    6. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Mark 9:50
    7. What did Moses command you? Mark 10:3
    8. Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down. Mark 13:2
    9. Simon, are you asleep? Mark 14:37
    10. Why were you looking for me? Luke 2:49

    These are questions Jesus asked. Do you have answers?

  • Questions Jesus Asked, part 4

    1. Why do you trouble the woman? Matthew 26:10
    2. Could you not watch with me one hour? Matthew 26:40
    3. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and He will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53
    4. Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Matthew 26:55
    5. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46
    6. Why do you question these things in your hearts? Mark 2:8
    7. Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? Mark 4:21
    8. Who touched my garments? Mark 5:30
    9. Why are you making a commotion and weeping? Mark 5:39
    10. Are you also without understanding? Mark 7:18

    These are all questions Jesus asked. What are your answers?