Reading the Bible
Christians need to be familiar with the Bible and
to immerse themselves in it. The books of the Old and New
Testaments contain a wide variety of literature, including history,
law, poetry, gospels, letters, polemic, stories and apocalyptic
The texts were written and gathered together over
a long period of time, and it is important to find out as much as
we can about the original contexts in which texts were
At the same time, Christians read the Bible as
part of a faith community, and read the Bible to put ourselves into
the story of God's dealings with humanity. The Bible can be
puzzling but it is continually a source of inspiration and
direction in our lives.
'The Bible is
the record of God's self revelation, supremely in Jesus Christ
, and is a means through which he still reveals himself, by the
A Catechism for
the people called Methodists, Question 52
It is good for Christians with differing
approaches to the interpretation of the Bible to engage with each
other and argue through how the Bible should be applied to issues
in our contemporary world.
Other resources for making sense of the Bible
There are many different resources to help you
develop the habit of reading the Bible regularly and to find out
more about biblical texts and stories.
The authority of the Bible
A Methodist Conference report ' A Lamp to my Feet and a Light to
my Path' identified a wide range of views among contemporary
Methodists about the Bible's authority.
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Make a Journey of Faith
What is the Methodist Church?
What do Methodists believe?
What happens during Methodist worship?
Can I get married in a Methodist Church?
Can my baby be baptized in a Methodist Church?
You'll find the answers to these and other
questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short
introduction to the Methodist Church.
free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
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visitors and newcomers, a printed edition of the booklet is
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