More than half of Christians say they sometimes find it hard to understand what the Bible says. Nearly as many say that they find it difficult to understand how God could allow some of the things recorded in the Bible. This is according to the Evangelical Alliance’s latest report called Time for Discipleship.
The Bible is always bringing up questions: ‘What does this mean?’ ‘Why did this happen?’ ‘What does it have to do with my life now?’ None of those questions are always easy to answer. A few years ago, Wycliffe ran a series of UK talks on understanding the Bible – and the statistics we get through from Slideshare week by week tell us that people are still finding those talks useful.
All the talks are available through Slideshare, with the presentations and the audio side by side. Can we recommend:
- Does the Old Testament have something to say to today’s church? Katy Barnwell, a Bible translation advisor with more than 50 years experience, talks about what relevance the Old Testament has today. Watch the whole talk here.
- Can we rely on the text of the Bible? This question comes from all angles as people question the Christian faith. Translation exegete Nick Lunn takes us through the texts our Bibles in English are based on. Find it here.
- How can I understand the meaning of a passage? When you are faced with a Bible passage, where do you start in trying to understand it? Barrie Evans highlights some key stages. Find it here.
It’s great that the English speaking church has access not just to the Bible but to innumerable resources to help us understand it and engage with it more. Many don’t have that opportunity because the Bible doesn’t exist in their language. Find out more about Wycliffe Bible Translators’ vision for making the Bible available.
Read the whole Time for Discipleship report from the Evangelical Alliance.