What’s in your...BIBLE?
What’s the GOOD NEWS?
Thank you for choosing to read the New Testament with Gayton Baptist Church! This is an investment of time that will bear fruit for us in so many ways. Baptists are a people who profess a living faith, rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ who is “the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” Therefore, the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
The Bible is God’s love letter to His people.Regarding the Scriptures, the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message states, “The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.”
So, how do we go about this journey together? First, choose a print or digital Bible to make your daily reader. The best translation is the one you will read. On our church website (Gayton.Church/BibleReading), you will find a page devoted to this journey through the New Testament along with a video of a member of our church family reading each day’s chapter. In addition, BibleGateway.com and BibleHub.com allow you to read different translations, including the original languages.
As we begin this journey together, I have put together a few different Bible study methods and approaches that I have found helpful through the years. There is no single, best method. Different people learn in different ways. I invite you to try each of these to see if they are beneficial to you and your scripture study. And if you have a different form/method that you have found helpful, share it with me, please. We are all learners and students of scripture together!
While different methods can be helpful, the most important guidance I would give is that you open your Bible and read. For 2,000 years God has moved through the power of the Holy Spirit to speak to those who study the scriptures diligently, regardless of any education (or lack thereof.) The Bible was given to us so that all people could read and learn how to be rightly related to the Lord in salvation and to grow in godliness. Let’s grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ together!