The Bible
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
God speaks to us through the Bible
 
 
 
 
"For the word of God is alive and active."
 
-Hebrews 4:12
 
How can we do what Jesus would do, if we don't know what Jesus did?
 
"Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and do what it says."
 
-Luke 11:28
 
 
 
 
 
 
Where do I Start?
 
We often recommend people begin reading in one of the first three Gospels.
 
Matthew
Mark
Luke
 
These three most simply tell the story of Jesus and His teachings.
 
After completing one or all three of these, we then recommend reading the book of Acts, which is the story of the early church
 
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What version do I choose?
 
Bible's come in many different versions. They are all different, but they all serve a purpose. Different versions of the Bible follow different methods of interpreting the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.
 
Some translations aim to communicate "thought for thought" what the original manuscripts were trying to communicate, while some aim to communicate "word for word" what the original manuscripts were trying to communicate.
 
A "thought for thought" version that we recommend, the version a lot of our leaders use, is the NIV Version.
 
A "word for word" version that we recommend, a version a lot of our leaders also use, is the NAU version.
 
 
How much time do I need?
 
If you are just starting out, all you need is ten to fifteen minutes a day! God can use any amount of time to speak to you through the scriptures.
 
There are plenty of Bible reading plans on the internet. It all depends on what you are looking for.
 
A simple strategy we recommend, is to read any passage of scripture, try to gather information about the passage that you can see just from reading it. Then think about how these observations could apply to your life. Then go to God in prayer.
 
This simple strategy could be adapted to take 10 minutes or 30 minutes. Either way, we are confident God can speak through the scriptures, to you, regardless of how much time you take.
 
 
 
 
Further Questions?
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We'd be happy to talk with you!