Bible Matters: Making Sense of Scripture
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Sometimes reading the Bible is a delight. But if we're honest, many times reading the Bible feels like hard work, and we read out of a sense of obligation. And some of us have given up entirely.

Tim Chester reminds us that every time we read the Bible we hear the voice of God. The One who spoke and brought the universe into existence, whose voice thundered from Mount Sinai, and whose words healed the sick is the One who speaks to us today. So as we read the Bible we don't merely learn information about God--we hear his voice and encounter his presence.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830845313
ISBN-13: 9780830845316

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The Bible is God's Word. The Bible teaches us how we should live. The Bible is something we should read every day. The Bible is something we should delight to read. Most of us agree with these statements. At least in theory. But what's our reality? Sometimes reading the Bible is a delight. But if we're honest, many other times reading the Bible feels like hard work. We read out of a sense of obligation. And some of us have given up entirely. Tim Chester reminds us that every time we read the Bible we hear the voice of God. The One who spoke and brought the universe into existence, whose voice thundered from Mount Sinai, and whose words healed the sick is who speaks to us today. So as we read the Bible we don't merely learn information about God-we hear his voice and encounter his presence. Including a study guide for group use, this book helps us approach reading the Bible with an eager anticipation, expecting to hear God's voice and meet him in his Word. It's up to us to listen.

Author Bio

Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, and a faculty member with the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy. He was previously research and policy director for Tearfund and tutor in missiology at Cliff College. Tim is the author of over thirty books, including , , , and .

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  1. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!
    January 29, 2018
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
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    Tim Chester has written the perfect book to help people approach the Bible. Though it would help Christians at any point of their journey, its especially instructive to those who are new at wrestling with the Bible. Along the way, Mr. Chester will both enlighten the reader on the doctrine of the Bible and give some guidance on how to properly study the Bible. Through quality writing and timely illustrations, he helps you see that the Bible is no mere book, but a word from God to us.

    Though he covers a lot of ground you will find in other books about the Bible, he certainly traces out his own path. Still, he begins by explaining that the Bible is from a God who speaks. Next, he gives us a particularly helpful chapter on how God spoke in the Bible. This chapter will answer a lot of questions. In the third chapter, on God speaking in the Bible, he explains the Holy Spirits role. In chapter 4, he sees Jesus as a key theme of Scripture.

    Though it is often overlooked by other writers, Mr. Chester explains how the Bible is relational. This chapter really helps you to get your head on straight about the Bible. Likewise, the chapter on the Bible being intentional proves what many critics denied. I enjoyed the chapter explaining that the Bible is enough. You wouldnt think that would have to be explained, but many Christians need to hear that message.

    In chapter 8, he finally gets to the chapter thats going to be in any book on the Bible one discussing its reliability. He does a fine job with that subject, but appropriately uses Spurgeons analogy that a lion doesnt need defended! The chapter on the Bible being accessible will help those who are always looking for some messaging code. Hint: its not there. He rounds out the book all a chapter about reading the Bible and a short conclusion on why he loves the Bible.

    Theres a substantial study guide at the end of the book. With that resource, every chapter could be turned into a study group discussion.

    This book is profitable and is worthy of a wide audience. I highly recommend it.
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