Arnold & Gertrude Party

Today is Bible Sunday! A wonderful opportunity in the church calendar for us to celebrate the Bible and all it gives us.

Because it was Bible Sunday, today at church we had a party! We had party hats, party blowers, games and presents; it was great.

So, what actually is this book, the Bible? Well, it is a collection of 66 different books, by around 40 different authors, and it tells us the story of a man named Jesus. The Old Testament tells us the story of the nation of Israel, the nation that God used to bring Jesus into the world. The New Testament tells us the story of Jesus’ life, plus all that came after his life.

But despite all these different books and different authors, 2 Timothy 3:16 says that “All scripture is God-breathed”. But what does this even mean? If I breathe all over a book, does that make it Arnold-breathed? Nah, not really – it’s just a bit weird and people don’t want to go near my books…

But, actually, breath is pretty cool. Firstly, it shows that we’re alive – that we’re still breathing. And it also has power. Think of all the things your breath can do: blowing out candles, warming up your hands, you can perform CPR and help someone to stay alive, and you can play the Malteser straw sucky game! These are some awesome things that our breath can achieve, so think just how much more God’s breath could achieve.

With God’s breath, the Bible has life and it has power. Isaiah 55:11 says that God’s word “will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”. The Bible has power to achieve things, to do the things that God has planned. In Hebrews 4:12 it says “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”. This isn’t something passive, this is an active power at work. It is alive and active, moving us. It has the power to change us.

The Bible is such an awesome book, and tomorrow on “Bible Monday” (as I have just invented), we will see what the Bible is useful for today!

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