“The Bible is like a pool, shallow enough that a little child can come and get a drink without fear of drowning. So deep that scholars can swim in it and never touch the bottom.” -Martin Luther

I have had a lot of experience going through the Bible. Through all my interaction with the Bible, several things have jumped out at me. One in particular is the fact that the Bible can be very intimidating. New and old Christians alike can be intimidated by this collection of books for several reasons:

  1. People don’t know what to do with the labels applied to the Bible such as inerrant, infallible, inspired, etc.
  2. People often don’t know which translation to read
  3. People don’t seem to know where to start
  4. People get bored by the lists of genealogies and aren’t sure why that stuff matters
  5. People are confused about which parts to read literally and which to take figuratively
  6. People aren’t sure which laws or teachings apply to us today (Old Testament vs New Testament)
  7. People aren’t sure how to interpret various passages
  8. People sometimes have doubts about its validity and relevance today
  9. People are confused by “apparent” contradictions that often discourages them

For the longest time the best way people have dealt with this, is to simply not read the Bible at all and avoid any problems. But, if the Bible is a significant part of our faith then we should be reading it.

So…it’s time that we take our fear and intimidation and cast to the side and we must seek to understand the Bible together.

Over the course of 31 weeks we are going to take a deeper look at the Bible as we read through “The Story.” Let’s understand how this collection of scrolls came into our hands. Let’s take some of the mystery out of the Bible and make it a little less intimidating for people to read.

Before we start our Bible study time together next week, I want to leave you with six questions to consider whenever you are reading your Bible:

  1. Is there an example to follow?
  2. Is there a sin to avoid?
  3. Is there a promise to take to heart?
  4. Is there a command to obey?
  5. Is there a verse to memorize?
  6. Is there a challenge in which to respond?

As we study the Bible together you can go back to these questions if you are ever in a place that doesn’t seem to have a purpose. As you read always keep in mind PEER.

Prepare

Expect to encounter God

Exalt

Respond

Let me know if you have any questions about this study, as it will be different from the rest of the stuff being posted on the blog. I look forward to our journey together through God’s revealed Word.

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