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Introduction to the Bible


    The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
    Psalm 119:130

    A few years ago I met a young man who had not been raised in a religious family, had no knowledge of the Bible and did not know anything about Jesus. His school friend had been one of my confirmation students and this young man was wanting to get to know what this Jesus was all about.  We decided to meet once a month at a Stratford Tim Horton’s. I bought him coffee and I brought along a bible to give to, or lend, him. We met and we talked. I wasn’t sure about where to start teaching. I didn’t want to hand over the Bible and say, “Start reading come back and ask me questions.” This new-to-the-Bible young-man needed more guidance.  I decided that the Gospel of John was the right place to start. Now, let me tell you the end of that story. Eventually he found a local church to join and our conversations came to an end. After I had moved to Trinity, London, I got an email from him telling me that he had been baptized.  What a joyful email that was to read – it filled my heart.

    The idea for this bible series comes out of the time that I spent with that young man. Imagine that you get the chance to introduce faith to someone that is curious? The best lesson you can ever give is yourself, showing your faith in action, showing who and what Jesus is for you, as you show love and acceptance though your own way of living and caring for the world around you. But then what? The next things are to invite them to a church community and to introduce the sacred story.

    To get most out of this “Introduction to the Bible” series you should have your bible with you or use on of the on-line bible tools listed below.. 

    Useful Online Bibles:

    Oremus Bible Browser – New Revised Standard, King James Version and more

    BibleGateway.com – New International Version, The Message, King James Version, audio Bibles, and more

    Written by Pastor Steve Johnston