Every year, over 100 million Bibles are sold or given away. It is the best seller of all best sellers. There is no question about it. The Bible is life changing. It enraptures the mind, takes over the heart, confounds our thinking, and sometimes confuses us to no end. The Bible is a deep and tempestuous sea, which carries us across choppy waters and the doldrums of life, to new and unexplored lands of the heart. To read scripture is foundational to following Jesus, to being, or trying to be a Christian. Some ask: Why read a book that is so outdated, out of touch with the world we live in, full of religious rules and weird stories? What can this possibly have to teach me or say to me? Well, friends, the Holy Scriptures are the very lifeblood of our faith. And as you know, if you’ve tried to trust God or follow Jesus, even one day—you know, it is a way of living that is full of challenge, bewilderment, and deep promises of life and joy and hope. Indeed, you and I, today, know Jesus and the love of God primarily through the Bible and God’s spirit working through these words and this large, long, complex story that is God’s love life with us. Jesus tells us that “people do not live on bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4). The Bible is a compilation of many books and stories that engage the deep questions of what it means to be human—the how and who questions of life.
This Lent and Easter, we invite you to join the entire congregation in reading the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, utilizing a reading schedule that you can access here. There are daily readings, to help us all hear the story of Jesus once more and come to hear the story of the early church in a new way. I promise you, that if you make a commitment to read and reflect upon these scriptures during the seasons of Lent and Easter, your relationship with God, your faith and your life will be deepened in new ways. Perhaps you are hungry for this new life; perhaps you are wondering what next steps you should take in life; perhaps you are wondering if God’s great love is really for you. If so, make a commitment, to join us all in reading Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
Even more, you are invited to join one of our six Small Group Bible Studies to find a small group of companions to share this journey with here at St. Tim’s. You can sign up on Sunday in the church lobby, or contact the church offices to find a group for fellowship, engagement, exploration, and growth.
This is the very heart of our life together—the story of Jesus, the story of God’s love for us. It is our bedrock. Together, let’s hear once more the good news of God. Take a step, try something new, let’s find out again, why the Bible is the best seller of all best sellers—why it is a book of joy, hope, and love, for you, now, today.