Why read the Bible?

I am currently reading a book which has been on my bookshelf, unread, for about three decades. It is called “Decision Making and the Will of God”. How do we find out what God wants for our lives, how to choose where to live, who to marry, whether to apply for that new job? It’s particularly important for me at the moment in concection with a church growth initiative with which I am involved at All Saints Little Shelford – what should we be doing?. I haven’t finished the book yet but the author, Garry Friesen, points out that there is a range of good decisions which lie within the moral will of God, so the important thing is to discern God’s moral will. How do we do that? Friesen guides us like this:

“The source of such knowledge, as we have emphasised, is God’s Word. The process for gaining such an understanding inlcudes reading (1 Timothy 4:13) careful consideration (2 Tim 2:7), search and inquiry (1 Peter 1:10-11), diligence in study (2 Tim 2:15), meditation (Psalm 1:2: Joshua 1:8) memorisation (Ps 119:11), and learning from gifted Bible teachers in oral and written form (Philippians 4:9; 1 Corinthians 12:28-29; Galatians 6:6).”

So where to start? It doesn’t really matter, but many of us will run out of steam without some sort of reading plan and comments or questions. I use Explore, published by The Good Book Company.explore.

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