John chapter 1 tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God…” and that “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” Jesus Himself is God’s message to us.
But how do we understand that message? How do we go about putting Jesus at the centre of our everyday lives?
The first chapter of Philippians tells us that the more we know Jesus, the more we will love him and the more we will see how to live in a way that pleases Him. (Phil 1:9-11) And we get to know Him through prayer and learning what the Bible has to say about Him.
Jesus aligned Himself with scripture (which at the time was only the Old Testament) when He said,
Do not think I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfil them.
And there are many other passages that encourage us to know our Bibles better:
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
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
You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. For,
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word which was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:23-25
There are many ways to become more familiar with God’s Word: through preaching, personal study and home-groups, good Christian books, Bible studies and teaching programmes such as Alpha, and reflective practices such as lectio devina.
At St Mary’s, we offer home-groups, have a library of Christian books available, have short bible study sessions and run the Apha programme. We are also doing the ‘bible in a year’ – a selection of planned bible readings to help you read the bible.