There is no other book quite like the Bible. As a literary composition, it is unparalleled. It is a library of 66 books collected into 2 sections, the Old and New Testaments, written over 1500 years by 40 different authors in 3 languages. These books contain various forms of literature, narrative, history, biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, letters, directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories, prophesies, drama, and nearly every other form of human expression. Yet the 66 books weave together as one unified whole to tell one compelling, sweeping story of God and his inexhaustible and never ending love for all people everywhere!
The Bible is unique because it’s a living book. It’s not just words on a page—as in, once I’ve read that, there’s really no reason to re-read it. It’s not a textbook. It is not a collection of moral, ethical, or religious laws. Neither is it a fetish or charm that will work wonders by its very presence. The Bible is active and powerful. It’s inspired by God, and he desires that we encounter him in its pages!
The Bible describes itself as:
- A mirror to reflect—James1:23
- A hammer to convict—Jeremiah 23:29
- Fire to refine—Jeremiah 23:29
- Seed to multiply—1 Peter 1:23
- Water to cleanse—Ephesians 5:26
- Lamp to guide—Psalm119:105
- Food to nourish, including milk for babies—1 Peter 2:2
- Bread for the hungry—Matthew 4:4
- Meat for the mature—Hebrews 5:14
- Rain to refresh—Isaiah 55:10
- A sword to cut—Hebrews 4:12
- Gold to enrich—Psalm 19:7
- Power to create life—1 Peter 1:23
The Bible is the book that simply makes the most honest sense about life, and how to manage it. And it leaves no stone unturned: it addresses priorities, values, money, relationships, marriage, child rearing, business ethics, churchmanship, and how to make a difference and change the world.
If you’ve never read the Bible, we’d welcome the opportunity to give you a copy written in English in a style you’ll understand (no thees and thous). Stop by our church oofice during business hours to get your free copy!