June’s Worship For All (catchup online here) was looking at the subject of the Bible - thinking about its history, who wrote it, how we got it and, most importantly, who it tells us about.
In conclusion, the Bible is the book that’s influenced billions of people, Christian and non-Christian. For us, it’s a way to connect with, listen to, and be changed by God. The bible wasn’t written to sit on a shelf or gather dust. The bible was inspired by God, written by people, argued about by religious councils, and fought over - people have died for the Bible; died to have bibles in their own language. The bible is there to be read. To be grappled with. To be brought to life, in our lives; shaping us to live as God wants.
The history of it was summed up in 50 words:
God spoke Prophets warned Poets sang Lawyers judged Scribes wrote Rabbis taught Seventy Greek-ed Jesus preached Paul posted Gospel spread Councils fought Canon formed Jerome Latin-ed Monks illuminated Gutenberg printed Clement decreed Henry split Protestants reformed Tyndale burned James authorised Mary walked Translations grew Copies multiplied We read God speaks