Into the Bible

It was John Stott who wrote: “Scripture is the sceptre by which King Jesus reigns.”

There is no higher charge than the charge to teach it (2 Timothy 4:1-4), and so there can be no higher priority than that of reading, digesting, and obeying it (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

This fragment from John's gospel dates to the early second century – only 10 to 50 years after the gospel was first written, and within 100 years of the events themselves. Yet the reliability of the bible ultimately rests not on such dating, but on the fact that it is inspired by God.

Encouragement

Bible study and prayer
The importance of Bible teaching
The Bible in brief
Learning good Bible skills
Leading a Bible study group
How God speaks today

Aids

Buy ‘Get into the bible' [external]
Read the whole bible in a year
Basic commentary recommendations
E-Sword: Free downloadable bible software [external]
Bible Gateway: On-line bibles [external]

Study Notes

All external links:
Buy ‘Search the scriptures’
Buy ‘Start’ - for new Christians
Buy ‘Explore’ - for adults
Buy ‘Engage’ - for youth
Buy ‘Discover’ - for 10-13’s
Buy ‘XTB’ - for 7-11’s
Buy 'Beginning with God' - for preschoolers
Buy ‘Long story short’ - for families