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What Do You Know About the Bible?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

As I consider the many learning activities of the church--Vacation Bible School, sermons, missions trips, Bible classes, and personal Bible study--two questions come to mind. Do we know about the Bible? Do we know the Bible?

Most would agree that knowing the Bible is essential. The focus of this article is know only on knowing the Bible. I suggest we must also know about the Bible. Few understand the importance of knowing about the Bible. Consider. We live in a complex, complicated world. The questions people ask today seem more sophisticated than when I was younger. How did we get the Bible? Are there lost books of the Bible? Is the Bible authoritative? What is the Bible better than other "holy books" in other religions? These and similar questions are heard often. One doesn't read the Bible long before becoming aware that there are difficulties in interpreting the Bible, differences ways of understanding, different definitions of truth, and that some basic Bible background can be very helpful in increasing understanding. What are the basic themes of Scripture? What are the foundational concepts? How can I integrate biblical teaching into my everyday life? What is a Christian worldview? What are Christian values? The answers to these questions demand awareness of biblical teaching and biblical backgrounds.

The Bible is powerful. It describes itself in metaphor as a hammer, a rock, a sword, a shield and a light. The New Testament reminds us that the word of God is able to provide wisdom (2 Tim. 3:15-17), is instrumental in salvation when brought into one's life (James 1:21), and provides hope for the future (Acts 20:32).

I do not know whether your life is "lazy" or "crazy," but in either case, let me encourage you to listen to God more often. Seek new habits and renewed spiritual focus. Read the Bible as part of your "daily walk." Find a good book of two and learn more about the Bible. Your life will be changed, I promise!

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Last updated October 9, 2003.