“The Holy Scriptures… are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is what the Anglican Church in Tasmania bases itself on, and is our guide to God and to our lives.
But the Bible is not merely a set of spiritual and moral instructions.
It is the story of a relationship.
The Bible gives us a history of God and humanity, and so helps us to find our place and meaning in the world.
God created everything, and created it good. But humanity turned away from God so that we could rule our own lives. That’s just the first 3 chapters, and the remaining 1,186 chapters show how God works patiently and consistently to restore humanity back to himself. Ultimately, in Jesus.
Jesus is the fulfilment of all the promises made by God, and the hope of humanity to be restored to God. The Old Testament looks forward to his arrival. The New Testament looks back to his life, death, resurrection, and considers what life looks like under his Lordship.
God speaks to us today when we read the Bible – both at church and at other times and in other places.
If you’d like to find out more about the Christian life, visiting a church near you would be a great place to start.