How do you feel about reading the Bible?
This is a foundational question for those of us who long to engage with God’s Word in a relevant way ... but it is a question many followers of Christ grapple with. If we find we are not consistently reading all of the Bible ... why aren’t we?
Perhaps it’s the age-old question of Where do I start?
“In the beginning,” with Genesis, working your way to the end, as with any other book? Or maybe you take the “close your eyes, open your Bible, and point” approach. Perhaps you outsource the decision, using a devotional book to help you figure it out — whatever verses are listed under today’s date, that’s where you’re headed.
Or maybe your frustration comes after you’ve begun reading. Things start out okay, but then you hit a brick wall. What does this passage mean? How does this apply to my life? What did I just read?
Parts of the Bible can honestly seem confusing, even to devoted Christians. We may find ourselves wondering, Are these just random stories and ideas, with only the slimmest common thread? How do these stories and ideas connect with each other? What does Leviticus have to do with my relationship with Jesus — or my daily life?
If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you’re not alone.
And, I have some good news for you: There is
a purpose in every book of the Bible. It is
organized. And you can
In fact, God wants you to be able to read His Word and comprehend “the words of eternal life” He has to share with you (John 6:68).
In the Word
is designed to help you and your family understand the meta-narrative of Scripture — God’s big picture.
As you follow this guide throughout the year, you’ll begin to see the connections among all of those stories that may have seemed “random” before ... You’ll discover how every single one of them relates to the ultimate and incredible plan God made for you from the very beginning. By this time next year, I trust you’ll be able to look at your Bible with new clarity, insight, and understanding. You’ll know, better than ever, where to look for the biblical wisdom and encouragement you need. Plus, strengthening the foundation of your Bible knowledge will help you to grow in your relationship with God!
May God bless you!
— Rob Hoskins, President of OneHope
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