And we also thank God continually, because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
– 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Our vicar has challenged our church to read the whole Bible in the course of 2017, and the members will be encouraging and supporting one another to do their best to achieve that. After false starts of my own in 2015 and 2016, I really want to make 2017 the year when I complete the challenge.
‘There is no better way to get to know God than to read the Bible. The books in the Bible were gathered together by God’s people in the power of the Holy Spirit to tell the story of how God made us, how we make a mess of things, and how God calls us back to life both now and for eternity. It shows us the way God teaches us to live. It shows above all else how committed God is to us and how much he loves us. It is more of a library than a book (it has sixty-six books in it) and takes quite a commitment to read it all – even though it has some of the best things ever written within it. But when we read it and are open to God speaking through it, the experience of many Christians down the centuries is that God does.’
So please join us in reading the whole Bible this year. We have a plan which will support our church teaching through the year, but there are bibles available designed to allocate God’s word into daily portions, and I also recommend the Bible in One Year app which provides excellent commentary and teaching alongside each day’s readings.
Imagine what God will reveal, and what may be achieved in His name through a simple act of faithful discipleship!
“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon