For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
- Isaiah 55:10-11
When we study the Bible, and begin to understand it and live by its teachings, we are becoming obedient to God and fulfilling His purpose for us in our lives on earth. The Bible is one of the longest books in print. It is made up of 66 separate books, written over a period of 1500 years. It has been translated from the original Hebrew and Greek into English.
One way to get the most out of your journey through the Bible is to set up a time each day to read and study a portion, and pray. There are many guides and tools available to help you in your ongoing study.
Bible Reading Plans
Pastor Merritt is encouraging Cross Pointe to read through the New Testament in 2023 using this plan:
Or, you can join some of the Cross Pointe staff in reading the entire Bible in 2023.
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Versions of the Bible
We recommend a good study version of the Bible for your reading... one that is modern enough to be readable, but at the same time an accurate translation that will give you a true view of Scripture. Avoid paraphrased versions like "The Message" for your daily reading--it's a useful tool, but not appropriate for daily study. Instead we recommend an accurate translation like the New International Version (NIV) or the English Standard Version (ESV). If you want a more literal translation (even more accurate, but not quite as readable), try the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
What Do We Believe About the Bible?
As Christ-followers, we share specific beliefs about the Bible's teachings, authenticity and authority. More info...