Every Wednesday our bands are heading online to answer your questions around some of the key areas of what it means to be a Christian.
This week Daniel, Andy, Jon and Gina discussed The Bible – how, why and where do we read the Bible? And why it’s so amazing. If you haven’t already check out their discussion first:
Now there can be loads of different ways to read the bible and sometimes confusion about where to start. There are some helpful things to remember when reading the Bible.
- There are different versions – If you have a Higher Bible, you have a version called NLT. However, there are lots of different ones saying the same things, but with slightly different wording. This is simply because it has been translated into English – it can translate and read in slightly different ways. Don’t worry about this too much – just read the one you have or find one you understand.
- You don’t have to do it alone – You can read it by yourself but it can also be a great thing to get together with some friends and read together (even if this is over Facetime at the moment).
- Why not try a study plan – There are loads of resources online that can make it easier to pick what to read and give some thoughts around it. You Version is a great app that has loads of study plans for reading the bible, why not try one out.
Now you can just read the Bible, as the words themselves are powerful and God can speak to us through them. However, sometimes it can be helpful to ask ourselves some questions once we’ve read something, to understand what has been written.
Try rewriting it in your own words and then ask yourself these questions:
- What does this passage tell me about God and who he is?
- What does it tell me about people and myself?
- What might I want to change or do from reading this?
Next week we are going to look at how our identity can be changed and shaped through being a Christian – so make sure to check out the next session – every Wednesday at 5 pm!