At her Coronation in June 1953, The Queen was presented with a Bible by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, with these words: “We present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; this is the royal Law; these are the lively Oracles of God.”

The Bible is read at every service in church, but too often never read outside church.  Through the pages of the Bible, however, we learn what God is like and what he does.  Our knowledge of Jesus comes from the Bible; without it, we know nothing except that he really did exist.

Christians are called to be active in spreading their faith; we will not do so unless we are familiar with what is contained in the Bible – the Word of God.  But with 66 books and over 30,000 verses where do we start?  You can of course start at the beginning and plough through to the end.  A much better way is to follow the daily notes on passages of Scripture published by organisations such as Scripture Union and the Bible Society.

An excellent starting point is to look at the big picture – to take a “bird’s eye” view of the Bible.  Some 20 years ago, Derek Matten, then the minister in Bigbury, Kingston and Ringmore, led a course entitled “Seeing the Bible Whole”, which was much appreciated.  This Lent, there will be courses in Modbury and Aveton Gifford using “The Bible Course” from the Bible Society.  With DVD and discussion (not to mention refreshments!), we will canter through the Bible in 8 sessions.  The aim is that by the end of the course, people will have confidence to pick up the Bible, read it for themselves and apply it to their daily lives.  The meetings are in:

Aveton Gifford in St Andrew’s Church from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm on Tuesdays from 14 February to 4 April (details from me);

Modbury (venue to be decided) at 2 pm on Thursdays from 16 February (details from the Rector).

So join us and discover the treasures in the book valued by thousands (including The Queen).

Michael Tagent

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