God gave us a miraculous story of His love and redemption in the form of the Bible. The Bible is not a single book, but a vast library of sixty-six books, written down by about forty different writers. And they are all unified in one accord! Ancient manuscripts compared to more recent copies reveal how God preserved and protected His Word to us. You can see what a miracle this amazing book is!
Inside this wonderful library, you will find all kinds of literature: history, poetry, wisdom, narrative, and prophecy. And they tell the story of God’s relentless pursuit of His greatest creation, humanity. The writer of Hebrews says that the Word of God is living and active, meaning that we are to grow our relationship with Him through Bible engagement. This happens when we
- Receive the Word – through reading, study, hearing and memorizing
- Reflect on the Word – by meditating on what the Bible means
- Respond to the Word – by choosing to live by the Truth that the Bible teaches. We engage the Bible in our lives when we put action to the Truth we read and learn.
Growing disciples need to develop good Bible habits, or disciplines, to grow in Christ.