Welcome back to part 3, of our Back to Basics series, today we’re going to be talking about the Bible! So what is the bible? Here are some fun facts:
- It is continually the best-selling book of all time, with over 100 million Bibles being sold or distributed every year.
- It was originally written in 3 main languages; Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
- It is comprised of 66 books written by over 40 authors, including kings, prophets, fishermen, a doctor and many more.
- It covers a variety of genres, narrative text, gospels, prophecy, poetry…
Delving into the history of the Bible can be a little confusing, but the Bible Project produce some incredible videos that can help us understand the history of the Bible visually. The video below explains the history of the Bible, how it was put together and how early Christians decided on an order for the many letters and texts.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.1 Timothy 3:16-17
To put it simply the Bible consists of Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. What Paul writes in his letter to Timothy is that everything in this combination of books is meant to be in there. Every book is designed and purposed to help us in our walk with God, that we may be taught, corrected and equipped for all God invites us to do.
Now you may be thinking, “that all sounds fab, Anesu but how do I actually read the Bible?”
The short answer? Prayer.
Every time you go to open up your Bible, take a moment take pray “God, what do you want to say to me today?”. It really can be that simple, sometimes he will reveal an incredible truth but other times you may feel lost understanding the text. I would recommend starting a Bible plan on YouVersion, watching the books of the Bible summaries by the Bible Project or for big questions the Desiring God website can be incredibly insightful. These resources are not a substitute for reading the Bible ourselves but rather they prod us to answer the question “what does the text say?”. They invite us to surrender our own agenda to God, hear what He has to say, choose to obey Him and then to step out in faith.
We are fortunate to live in a day with so many free resources to help us understand the Word of God. Use them, ask your Parents, Small group leaders, Pastors, ask us questions in the comments. We all would love to cheer you on in your journey with Christ and understanding the Bible is essential in that journey.
Next week we will be chatting about the idea of the Trinity. What/Who is it? Where does that idea stem from? See you then!
The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.– D. L. Moody