The Holy Bible

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The Holy Bible

You’ll find one in most homes and nearly every hotel room.

You hear it quoted in hit songs, popular films, and political speeches – often without realizing the source.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that over 160,000 copies are sold or given away EVERY DAY!

Some of us grew up in families that displayed a large edition on the coffee table. Others were raised in a faith tradition that used a different sacred book.

The Holy Bible is probably the most influential book ever published. But why is it so popular? And, more importantly, why should you care? Let’s explore several reasons from a distinctly Christian perspective.

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WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer is talking to God. The God to whom we pray is the all-powerful Creator, so He is able to intervene in our lives. He is a loving Father, so He cares about our needs and concerns. And He is the all-knowing Lord of the universe, so trustworthy to say “yes” when it is best and “no” when what we request would cause more harm than good.

There are many kinds of prayer: public prayers, private prayers, memorized prayers, spontaneous prayers, spoken prayers, silent prayers, written prayers, sung prayers, and many more. All of them put words to four basic ideas.

Thanksgiving – Someone said a sad day for an atheist is when he feels deeply grateful but has no one to thank! Christians know that God is the source of all of life’s blessings. So, we use prayer to say, “Thanks!” for what we receive. Since it is impossible to be truly thankful and discontent at the same moment, such prayers lift our spirits by reminding us that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” (James 1:17)

Confession – We all mess up. Deep down, we know it. That’s why we feel sorry when we’ve done something wrong or failed to do what is right. Confession is the act of admitting our guilt, regrets, and confusion to the One who wants to help us make it right or move on. We join the rest of the human race in saying “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” (Luke 18:13) And He will.

Requests – “God, help me!” is a very basic version of the third category of prayer. We need, so we ask. Be it provision, intervention, protection, or any of a million other requests, we believe God can do or provide something we can’t. In the process, we take seriously the words of scripture, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” Of course, we can make misguided requests. That’s why the scriptures add a caution. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-3) God is not a genie granting wishes, but a Father who takes seriously the sincere requests of His children.

Worship – Prayer is also one of the ways we worship God. To “worship” means to “ascribe worth.” In other words, we give credit where credit is due. If the history of humanity tells us anything it is that we are hard-wired to worship someone or something – be it an idol made of stone or a celebrity “idol” with a million social media followers. Worship keeps us sane because it reminds us of the fundamental reality of the universe: that there is only one God, and we are not Him.

THE BIBLE IS RELIABLE

Anyone can claim to speak for God, as evidenced by the many different books claiming the status of scripture.

The Bible, by contrast, has undergone rigorous scrutiny for centuries from skeptics and believers alike, from documentary evidence cross-referencing other historically credible sources to extensive archeological verification. The more scrutiny it undergoes, the more trustworthy it has proven to be. Christian theologians attribute such a high degree of reliability to how the Bible came into existence.

Inspired by God – A young, first-century pastor named Timothy received a letter from his mentor, the Apostle Paul, explaining why the scriptures are trustworthy. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) “God-breathed” is the literal translation of “inspired.” Much more than a stirring feeling that motivates an artist’s creativity, inspiration is God working through the writer He chose to record authoritative truth. That’s how the Apostles and early followers of Jesus understood the term. Centuries later, Christians still view the Bible as sacred words that originated in the very breath of God.

Written by men – One of Jesus’ closest friends, Peter, became a key leader in the early church. He described how words breathed by God can be delivered through humans. “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, thought human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21) It seems God delights in using humans as instruments for His most important work. He used a willing, obedient young woman named Mary to deliver His Son into the world. In like manner, He worked through reliable believers to deliver the life-giving words of scripture.

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“I need a Father right now because I am dealing with…”

Give us today our daily bread…

Pause. Then pray…

“I really need a job. Please guide me as I look for work today.”

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“I don’t know how I’m going to pay the electric bill this month. Please meet our need.”

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THE BIBLE IS A GUIDE

The best way to understand why the Bible is such an influential book is to experience it for yourself.

You will discover why King David wrote, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105) and why Christians in every generation have relied upon it for…

Instruction: Knowing right from wrong, truth from error

Inspiration: Amazing, true stories of God’s work in the world

Insight: Discovering where we came from, what’s broken in our world, and what God has done to set it right again.

If you are new to the Bible, start with these two foundational sections.

The Book of Genesis: The first book of the Old Testament is called “Genesis” which means beginning. The early chapters tell the story of creation, how humanity fell into a disease called sin, the horrible consequences of that disease on the human race, and how God intervened to “restart” after the great flood and lay the groundwork for ultimate redemption by choosing a group of people (the Jews) through whom the Messiah would come.

The Gospel of John: The fourth book in the New Testament was written by one of Jesus’ closest friends and followers, the Apostle John. It tells us who Jesus is and why He came into the world. It describes some of the key events of His thirty-three years on earth including His teachings, His miracles, and His death on a cross followed by His bodily resurrection.

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