Not long ago one of the beloved members of my congregation came to me with a request. In his nineties, he doesn’t quite remember things like he used to remember them. (Neither do I, and I don’t have age to blame.) So, I wasn’t surprised by his request. He wanted another copy of a great little resource called “Know Your Bible” published by Barbour Publishing, 2008. It’s a simple enough little book. It outlines, just a page or two for each, all 66 books of the Bible. A couple of years ago, I had made this book available to all the Dads in my congregation as an inexpensive Father’s Day gift.
So, I decided to not only get another copy of this little book for my dear old friend, but also get another twenty copies for anybody who would want one.
I’m happy to say that they were quickly snatched up by congregational members and visitors alike, of all ages, men and women, boys and girls.
It looks to me that a simple, “back to basics” approach to study and devotional reading is in order.
So, I plan to begin a new sermon series in my congregation Sunday – one I have been thinking about anyway – now that we have completed our Easter celebration.
It’s back to the beginning – of, well…everything, come to think of it.
I am going to be working through all 66 books of the Bible, step by step, and I will be writing blog posts along the way with some additional thoughts that I can’t fit in on Sunday morning. I am going to trust that God’s Spirit will lead us all through a fresh look at some very old material. God willing, it won’t be too dry or “familiar” so that hearers and readers “tune out” prematurely.
I’m pretty confidant that won’t happen.
Not because I am such a wonderful speaker or writer but simply because the material is that good. After all, the stories of the Bible have been, metaphorically speaking, on the “best seller list” for quite some time now – say 3,400 years or so.
I hope you will join us on this journey – wherever it leads.