April 24, 2019

Let’s Read The Bible

Mike Willis

This special issue is presented to you to encourage you to join us in reading the Bible in 2010. The Scriptures emphasize that faith is derived from the hearing of the word of God (Rom. 10:17). Were I to meet someone who did not believe in Jesus, I would direct him to the four gospels to create faith in Jesus. Were I to talk to a weak Christian about the weakness of his faith, I would ask him, “Have you been reading your Bible?”

In keeping with this theme, Chris Reeves has put together this special issue on Bible Reading. The issue is very good and we would like to express appreciation to Chris and the various writers for their good work.

In the first article, Thomas Keese emphasizes the need for the family to read their Bible together. Too much family time is spent in front of a television and too little reading the Bible. The TV preaches the values of a secular world which derides adherence to biblical values. If Christians do not put God’s word in the hearts of their children, the world will fill their hearts with its values. The church cannot replace the parent. After all, the children are in two Bible classes a week (if they attend both classes), each of which lasts less than one hour. In addition, our children hear two sermons a week of less than an hour’s length, assuming that they are old enough to follow the sermon presentation and are present both morning and evening on Lord’s day. Two to four hours out of a 168-hour week is not sufficient to impart the faith to our children. Parents must take the leading role and view the Bible classes and worship hours as supplementary.

Another article in the series emphasizes the Public Reading of Scripture. Most congregations would benefit from giving their male members who read in the assembly a copy of this article by Marc Gibson. John Gentry makes suggestions about using the Bible in preaching and Doug Lancaster addresses the need for reading the Bible during Bible classes. Sometimes a teacher lets the art work and illustrations overwhelm the text of Scripture. Cheri Reeves also addresses the issue of reading God’s word in children’s classes and Sharon Baker discusses the need to use the Bible in ladies’ classes.

Chris Reeves suggests a chronological reading of the Scriptures; Dan King has good instruction about appreciating the different kinds of literature that are in the Bible. Steve Reeves has an excellent article on the kinds of translations that are available for Bible reading.

Steve Monts suggests our need to read the Bible for daily encouragement, recalling the advice that his mother passed to him. Joel Plunkett inspires churches to lead their members in learning to memorize the text of Scripture, telling about a program being used where he works that has enabled participating members to commit to memory 125 verses of Scripture.

Michael Stout mentions numerous electronic versions of the Scripture which might be particularly useful to the younger generation.

Finally, Justin Monts give the reader some suggestions for elementary hermeneutics in reading Scripture.

I cannot think of an issue more relevant to Christian living than this issue. Let’s get started reading our Bibles in 2010. When you read, don’t focus on the negative! Before you being a daily Bible reading schedule, accept the fact that there are going to be days that you miss. When you miss a day, instead of feeling the pressure to “catch up” or quitting because you are “so far behind,” take a moment to remind yourself of how much more you have read this year than before you began this program. So, relax and enjoy reading the greatest Book every written.

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