Gordon Fee, in his book How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth states that the Bible was written more to be listened to than read. That is, when the authors wrote it, they imagined people hearing it read out loud more than they thought of it being read off of the page. Before the printing press, books were enormously expensive and reading out loud was extremely common and something of an art form. It’s one of the reasons why Paul commands Timothy not to neglect the public reading of Scripture (1 Tim 4:13). That is how most people heard the Bible.
Although that is not entirely true today, do not underestimate how powerful a good reading of Scripture can be. I firmly believe what one South African seminary professor said: “If we read the Scriptures properly, a sermon is hardly necessary.” He wasn’t against preaching. He just understood how powerful Scripture can be when read for impact. If you read the Bible correctly out loud, people will actually hear the message the text declares. They will find themselves hearing things they had passed over. They will get a different sense of emphasis and a deeper sense of the gravity of the message.
So how do you do it? How do you read the Bible for maximum impact?
Continue reading How to Read the Bible Out Loud
CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE?
See this short video for three great recommendations:
The video is intended as satire, but the three titles it recommends are all great places to start:
Continue reading Know The Bible: How To Start
In any healthy church you’ve got to hope you’ll be running into people all the time who are just starting to read the Bible. What do you tell them? Where should they start? Do they need any aids?
I was recently asked in our small group to put together a list for where someone can start reading the Bible. Here is my list.
Continue reading Where to start in the Bible?
Here is a great blog post done by Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) about how to use the Psalms for prayer.
The Psalms are in incredibly helpful resource in the Bible for how to deal emotionally with God in real life. This Psalm guide will help you do that.
Monergism.com is an incredibly great place to find all kinds of study resources. It’s one of the websites I frequent most.
Monergism refers to the reformed or Calvinist doctrine that salvation is the single action of God. God saves us, rather than a combination of the will of God and the will of human beings. That is referred to as “synergism.” So anyway, this is a website produced and overseen by reformed or Calvinistic Christians. However, even if you don’t like that, there are still some killer resources on here. Continue reading Tim Keller’s Sermons on the Psalms
Mark Dever on the Golden Calf passage and the enormity of Sin. I listen to this in prep for my sermon, and found it really helpful. Listen here. I’m not the only one that preaches almost an hour.
Here is Tim Keller on the Jealousy of God.