Join us at Immanuel as we read the Bible in our year-long study The Story. Here are ten reasons to read The Story.
#10 You never know when you’ll be on Jeopardy. “Bible Characters” for $300 is “He was a tax collector and climbed a tree to see Jesus.” (Who is Zacchaeus?)
#9 You wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself when you’re at a friend’s house and they start up a competitive game of Bible Trivia.
#8 Bible references are part of the English language–“the patience of Job”, “like Jonah, you run”, “the faith of a mustard seed”, “the wisdom of Solomon”, “in the twinkling of an eye”, “at the last trumpet”, “Armageddon”. You want to understand these expressions when people use them.
#7 Many movies have been based on Bible stories: Noah, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Ten Commandments, The Prince of Egypt, Godspell, The Passion, Jesus Christ Superstar, Salome, Son of God. Of course, you always want to read the book before you see the movie.
#6 Some of the most dramatic and romantic stories in literature are from the Bible: Noah and the Flood, the life of Abraham, David and Goliath, David and Bathsheeba, the story of Ruth, the story of Esther, Samson and Delilah, the story of Jonah and the great fish, the Christmas story, the life of Christ.
#5 Excerpts of human wisdom and inspiration are found in the Bible: the Ten Commandments, the 23rd Psalm, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (from Ecclesiastes), Psalms that cover every human emotion, the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, the Love Chapter (from 1 Corinthians).
#4 Over 30% of the world’s population are members of a religion (Christianity) that claims the Bible as its holy book. Another 23% are members of a religion (Islam) that shows a high regard for the Bible. Another major world religion with over 14 million followers (Judaism) claims the Old Testament portion of the Bible as its holy book. Anyone wanting to understand world religions today needs to be acquainted with the Bible.
#3 According to Christians the Bible is the account of God’s dealings with his ancient people Israel (in the Old Testament), the life of Jesus Christ, and the history of early Christian church–The Story is God’s story! Reading the Bible is important for any follower of Christ or for anyone considering becoming a follower of Christ.
#2 The Bible is the basis for Christian belief and Christian practice. If you want to know what you should believe as a Christian or if you want to know what Christians believe, you should read the Bible. If you want to know how to live as a Christian or if you want to know how Christians decide what is right and wrong, you should read the Bible.
#1 Christians believe that the Bible is inspired by God. While it was written by many people and over many centuries, there is a unity in its message that comes from God. He was at work in a special way in every Bible writer. When we read the Bible we are hearing from God himself.
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