The Bible

Faith in God is based on the Word of God

[Above video from DesiringGod.org] What is the Bible? There a many ways to answer this--God's inspired and infallible Word, God's covenant with His people, love letter from God to us, owner's manual to life, spiritual first-aid kit, our playbook, God's yearbook...at the very least, for the Christian, God's Word is essential to knowing, worshiping, and following the triune God.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by over 40 different authors over a period of about 1,500 years--all under the guidance of God's Holy Spirit (2nd Timothy 3:16).  It is categorized into Old and New Testaments, the Old Testament being written in ancient Hebrew and the New Testament being written in ancient Greek and Aramaic.  The Old Testament refers to the books written before the coming to Jesus to the earth in human form, and the New Testament refers to those written after this history-changing event.

There are many different genres included in the Bible, such as history, law, poetry, wisdom literature, songs, prophecy, and letters.  These genres speak to different facets of the character of God: his justice and mercy, his righteousness and grace, his holiness and incarnation, his wisdom and law, his beauty and majesty, his faithfulness and patience, his order and purpose, his love and passion, his grandness and intimacy, and much more.  If God is indeed a personal creator who is greater than all his creation, then it is to be expected that no one genre or writing style could embody completely who he is.

However, though the Bible is written by many authors and includes different genres of literature, there is an overarching narrative throughout the entirety of it: the God’s faithful patience, persistent rescue, and sacrificial redemption of his beloved humankind in spite of (and necessitated by) their rebellion and apathy.  As a whole, the Bible is an account of the fall of man, the consequences of sin, the intervention of God in human history to redeem the brokenness, and the foretastes of the new life offered in Jesus Christ--the One who it's all about. 

Who is this God-Man? Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)

Want more information on the Bible? Check out some of our favorite resources below.
Download and read the following scripture verses to help you get started reading the Bible!
Are you a visual learner? Study the Bible & understand its importance with these video series!
  • Learn from a seasoned Bible scholar by watching how he studies the Bible in these  short, powerful videos..
  • Engaging video series where visual storytelling meets the Bible.
  • A series of short videos that explain the basic message and design of every book of the Bible.

OR if you’re looking for a more detailed way to study the Bible, we highly recommend e-Sword, a FREE Bible study software with a ton of Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, and more!

Still looking to answer some of today’s toughest topics from a Biblical perspective? Find out what the Bible says about love, depression, abortion, war, finances, and fear with this extensive list of topical Bible questions.

Jesus Christ

“Christians have heard the news that Christ has come into the world and has fought the decisive battle to defeat Satan and death and sin and hell. The war will be over soon, and there is no longer any doubt as to who will win. Christ will win, and he will liberate all those who have put their hope in him. The good news is not that there is no pain or death or sin or hell. There is. The good news is that the King himself has come, and these enemies have been defeated, and if we trust in what he has done and what he promises, we will escape the death sentence and see the glory of our Liberator and live with him forever. This news fills us with hope and joy (Rom. 15:13) and frees us from self-pity and empowers us to love those who are suffering.”

- John Piper, God is the Gospel, p. 20, 21

If you’re looking for a great self-study resource. I highly recommend Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll. This book seeks to answer the question “What is the truth about Jesus Christ?” by breaking it down into a number of sub-questions about Jesus, including Is Jesus the only God? Why did Jesus come to earth? Did Jesus rise from death? Why should we worship Jesus? and others. This book is a great resource (for Nonbelievers and new Christians) to delve into the topic of Jesus, and find find solid, biblical answers presented in a relevant, accessible way for some of the toughest, most confounding questions they can think of.

Take this (free!) online crash course in the fundamentals of the Christian faith. You can take the course at your own pace, and each of the 10 modules use a variety of teaching tools (e.g., video, articles, music, etc.) to help you get grounded and understand the basics of Christianity. If you’re interested, email us and and we can help you get setup.

CoJourner

A CoJourner is someone who comes alongside others and helps point them to Jesus Christ. Whether it's as a fellow explorer, a guide through life's tough terrain, a builder of intellectual, theological, philosophical, or personal bridges, or a mentor that offers wisdom and perspective, a cojourner is a lifetime role for the Christian.

- John Piper, God is the Gospel, p. 20, 21

Here's where you can start. And below are some great resources to further educate, equip, and encourage you in sharing your faith with others:

  • "The Reason For God" by Tim Keller
  • "Making Sense of God" by Tim Keller                             
  • "Stealing From God" By Frank Turek
  • "Love Thy Body" by Nancy Pearcey
  • "Questioning Evangelism" by Randy Newman
  • "A Meal With Jesus" By Tim Chester
  • "The New Copernicans" by David John Seel
  • "Evangelism in Skeptical World" by San Chan

Prayer

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35 (ESV)

Prayer is talking with God, but it's also listening to God. It is an opportunity to express to the Lord what is on our heart and mind,
to seek wisdom and guidance, and to ask for needs to be met. It is also a way to express our praise and adoration of who He is. It includes our asking on behalf of others and praying for what is on God’s heart, as well as for His will to be done. Finally, prayer is one way we express our dependence on Him.

- John Piper, God is the Gospel, p. 20, 21