The great American evangelist, D. L. Moody, once wrote, “I never saw a useful Christian who was not a student of the Bible. If a person neglects the Bible there is not much for the Holy Spirit to work with. We must have the Word.”
The Bible reveals who God is. It tells about Creation and the origins of the universe and also the ultimate destiny of the human race. It shows how God chose a particular people and entrusted to them the oracles and commandments of God for the human race. Above all it focuses into Jesus Christ and His way of Salvation, and explains the necessity of human response in terms of repentance, faith, obedience and discipleship.
It was written by people across a great span of time. One of these was the Apostle Paul, who when writing a letter to young Timothy said: “…all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and…corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
The Bible is a collection of ancient writings, including the books of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Through different methods of studying the Bible and with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are able to apply its message to our lives.