I recently had the pleasure of watching a terrible American High School film.
In the film the main protagonist came into conflict with the school’s ‘Jesus Freaks’ about her behaviour. In an effort to understand their point of view she turned to the Bible – but of course she didn’t own one. She ended up going to a book shop and looking in the ‘Religious’ section but couldn’t find a Bible. When she went to a member of staff to find out where the Bibles were the answer was simple – “They are with the best sellers.”
The Bible is the world’s all time best seller. It has been lent, bought, and copied more than any other book. It has probably also been smuggled, stolen, burnt, and torn more than any other book.
It is powerful, enduring, and divisive. Yet surveys show that most self-identified Christians don’t actually read it. The figures vary but typically results show that only 30-40% of Christians read the Bible. That is a terrifying prospect if we believe that the Bible is one of the primary ways that God speaks to us and is a means by which he has revealed himself to people throughout history.
To be a Christian but not read the Bible is a bit like saying “I am a fish but I don’t like water.”
This Sunday we will be celebrating Bible Sunday in all of our services, asking why we should read the Bible and exploring a bit more what has left so many people fascinated with the same book for nearly 2000 years.
You can find the full planned teaching programme for the parish here.
The Bible Course is an 8-session course helping you explore the world’s bestseller.
Accessible and interactive, it will enhance and inform your ongoing Bible study, whether you are new to the Bible or want to go deeper.
Using a unique storyline, the course shows how the key events, books and characters all fit together. You’ll get to see the BIG picture and discover how the Bible applies to your life.
Begins 31st October, 8pm each Wednesday Evening for 8 weeks leading up to Christmas. Sign up here.
On 4 November (7pm), the parish is hoping to host a special service of Holy Communion at All Saints’ Church, featuring the luminous musical setting by Gabriel Faure, performed by a chamber orchestra of professional and semi-professional musicians. Many of these musicians have either generously donated their time or have only asked for travel costs. We have created a Chalfont St Peter Worship Appeal to support this event and future ones like it. Please take some time to watch this video giving a greater context to the event.