THE IMPACT OF THE BIBLE
I have visited the Museum of the Bible three times; once while under construction, when it first opened and again recently. The Museum is a must visit for anyone who reads the Bible, hears it preached and studies what it says. It is the culmination of thirteen years of labor. It is the result of a great vision. And it is a gift from the generous Greene family for everyone to enjoy.
Each time I am there it reminds me anew of the enormous impact the Bible has had on humanity. The Museum provides a singular place to experience the multitude of ways the Bible has shaped our world and influenced everything from art, to science to government. And of course, religion.
They have a new exhibit on Billy Graham. It focuses on his use of the Bible in preaching. One of his quotes is, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” This is what the Bible gives us – hope. Romans 15:4 says, “The Scriptures were written to teach us and encourage us by giving us hope.”
87% of homes in America have a Bible. The Bible is the best-selling book every single year. The Bible has been translated into 673 different languages. The YouVersion Bible App has been downloaded to over 300 million devices.
But knowing the greatness of the Bible is not enough. Just owning the Bible is not enough. It has to be read and applied. II Timothy 3:16-17 says, “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. It is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.”
I estimate I have preached messages from the Bible about 2000 times. And that does not count the books and articles I have written. There is much in the Bible to learn. It is a reservoir of resources on how to live a good and godly life.
So, we must dig deeply into it, excavating the timeless treasures to be found there for each of us. We find unchangeable truth in its pages helping us to see the nature of God and man.
We continue to study it allowing God to speak to us. We see the faith, the character, and the mistakes of those who came before us to guide us as we walk our spiritual journey.
And we use it as an invaluable tool to help craft a workable, practical faith in the world in which we live. As Christ followers we should read, study, reflect on and obey the Bible.
About Rick McDaniel
Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of six books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.
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