The Bible plays a significant role in the life of a Christian, through it we read and hear God’s promises to us. The words bring us joy, comfort, peace and knowledge. But how do we read it? It is not just one book. It is a library of 66 books written by at least 39 authors over hundreds of years.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
Parts of the Bible are not easy to understand, and if you just open it anywhere, looking for something engaging, you run the risk of being disappointed. So how do we make the most of this divine word given to us from God?
“The Bible is the written word of God, divinely inspired and without error. It is to the Bible alone to which we turn for our teaching on all matters relating to faith, doctrine and life.” Excerpt from the Lutheran Confessions.
As with most things, the more you work at it, the easier it will become. You might like to use a Bible handbook or a version with a simple introduction.
If you plan to read a passage with children, have a look at it beforehand so you can get the flow of the story and not stumble over words. Think of questions the passage raises and if you’re not sure of the answers that’s okay! Continue to read and explore what God might be saying to you.
Find out the background, when and where the story happened and for whom the book was written. There are good books available that give interesting facts, dates and maps to help you get the most out of what you and your family read.
The Bible is ‘God-breathed, inspired and living’. Many people around the globe claim that God speaks to them as they read it. When you experience God speaking to you through it, share that with others in your family.