For Christians, the Bible is the very Word of God and has been the foundation of our faith for centuries upon centuries. The Bible wasn’t written by one author, at one time, in a particular order. It was written over 1,000 years by more than forty varying individuals inspired by God. When not foretelling future prophecies or writing direct messages from God, the authors discussed events that had already occurred. They were writing not only through the Divine guidance of the Holy Spirit but through their cultural, social, political, and personal lenses. The Bible has been translated into more than 700 languages, with over 5 billion copies in print!

The Bible guides the interpretations of our experiences and serves as our final authority. It is the foundation of our beliefs, thinking, and actions, and it tells us how the world began, how it will end, and how we are to live until Christ’s return. 

The Bible should be seen as an intertwining of the sacred and secular history into a powerful and awesome story of salvation (Felder, The African American Guide to the Bible). The Bible is a living, breathing, and powerful book (II Timothy 3:16-17) whose wisdom is timeless, compelling and current (Hebrews 13:8, II Peter 1:3) with the ability to penetrate your heart (Hebrews 4:12). And while penned over two centuries ago, the Bible is still relevant for our lives today (Jeremiah 6:16).

However, the only way that God’s Word can be active in our lives is for us to embed it in our hearts and minds (Deuteronomy 11:18). And to do that, we have to meditate upon and study God’s Word (Psalm 119:115). This series will provide varying strategies to support you in the meditation and study of God’s Word.

It’s my desire that you get in the Word for yourself and that you then share your amazing story with others. This activity, Historical and Cultural Comparison, is  designed to support a greater understanding of God’s Word and to provide space for you to receive revelations and insights regarding God’s Word as led by the Holy Spirit. And this activity, Cultural Comparison, is designed to support the writing, re-writing and/or sharing of Your Story.

I pray that My Story, in the light of God’s Story, will serve as a catalyst to transform Your Story. 

From my heart to yours,