The Bible is a diverse collection of sixty-six writings, recording God’s plan for the salvation of humanity and how countless people throughout the centuries have experienced God in their lives. It has two sections; the Old Testament and New Testament, which were written by various human authors through the divine inspiration of God. It includes a variety of writing styles or genre including poetry, songs, history, prophecy and letters. The whole Bible points to and describes the salvation available to those who trust in Jesus Christ. It also teaches us the best way to live as followers or ‘disciples’ of Jesus, in any and every situation, empowered by the Holy Spirit at work with us.
Beginning with the story of creation; the old Testament then reveals the problems that God’s people face when with they rebel against Him and try to rule the world their own way. In the New Testament we meet the historical person of Jesus, the son of God who is the fulfilment of the Old Testament promises of a saviour for the whole of humankind. In Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection, God’s promises are fulfilled and the early church is established when the Holy Spirit is given to all who believe.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3.16).
Where should I start?
Many people start with Genesis, which depicts the creation of the world and God’s purposes for humanity. Another great place to start is with the gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These biographies are based on eye-witness accounts of the life of Jesus, his death and resurrection. Take a look at our recommended resources below for bible study guides.
“Generosity, gratitude, confidence that when we fail we are still loved – all of this focused on Jesus’ life and death and resurrection. That’s where we start in the lifelong job of being a Christian.” Rowan Williams
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