How to understand the Bible

Not everyone can understand the Bible. In this video we look at why that is, and what we should do to be able to understand the Bible.

The previous session “What is the Bible? – why the Bible matters” is available here.

If you’d like to find out more about the Bible, you can try a course here on the website or subscribe to the Understand the Bible YouTube channel.

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The Spirit’s power in our lives – Acts 19:1-22 Sermon

Why would anyone bother to be a Christian? Because there is a truth and a power about the Christian life, and the Holy Spirit, which is not found anywhere else. But how do we put that in to practice?

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If God forgives, why do good? Galatians 5:13-26 Sermon

If God forgives us anyway, why should we do good? If we have freedom, how should we use it? In this passage we see how freedom in Christ gives us a new motivation and a new power to obey.

You might like to read the passage first. Due to a technical hitch only the audio is available!

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Grace vs Law – Galatians 3:1-14 Sermon

What is the Christian life all about? Is it just about keeping the rules? Or do we live as if it was? In this passage from Galatians we see how it’s either grace OR law – they are mutually exclusive.

Read the passage online here.

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What is Christianity? 5 – Grace and the Spirit

If God forgives us anyway, can’t we just do what we like? What’s our motivation to do good? In this session we focus on what it means to live a Christian life. We think about how God’s grace changes us, and how the Holy Spirit helps us.

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The Holy Spirit (Heidelberg 20)

What can we know about the Holy Spirit, and why does it matter to us as Christians? The Apostle’s Creed doesn’t have much detail about the Spirit but in this session we look at a few Bible verses which help introduce us to the work of the Spirit.

There is just one Q&A in this session, as the Apostles’ Creed only has the line: “I believe in the Holy Spirit”! But we look into it in a bit more detail, as it’s vital to understand the Holy Spirit in the Christian life.

We focus in on these points:

  • The Spirit is eternal God, along with the Father and the Son;
  • He has been given to us personally;
  • He makes us share in Christ and his blessings;
  • He comforts us;
  • He is with us forever.

If you enjoy this, you can do the whole series right here on the website, or on the app (see links on the right hand side of the page). Alternatively, I am uploading them regularly to YouTube and Facebook. All sessions on YouTube are available on this playlist.

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God is… three persons (Trinity)

In this final part of our Get to know God series, we turn to thinking about how God is three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is traditionally known as the doctrine of the Trinity. Sometimes people can have the idea that the Trinity is too difficult to think about, or it doesn’t really make much difference to everyday life. But, as theologian D.B. Knox said: “The doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of the Christian religion”. It’s essential to our Christian lives: we experience God as Trinity. It matters that we don’t just think of ‘God’, but think in terms of the Father, Son and Spirit.

Obviously there are many books which have been written about this topic (and I’ll link to some of them below). We won’t be able to deal with the whole doctrine of the Trinity in one session! But I hope this will at least make a start so you want to continue learning yourself.

Let’s start by thinking about what the Bible says, before we go on to look at why it matters for us day-by-day.

What does the Bible say about the Trinity?

The doctrine of the Trinity is somewhat veiled in the Old Testament. That is, it’s there if you know what you’re looking for – there are some passages which don’t make sense any other way. And yet, we don’t really get the full picture until the New Testament. Because we don’t have much time here, we’ll concentrate on the New Testament for the moment.

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Pentecost – what does the Holy Spirit do?

Yesterday I was leading a service on the theme of Pentecost – “What does the Holy Spirit do”. The talk is in two parts, so instead of extracting the two talks you may see the whole service here – I hope you enjoy. (And I do apologise for the technical issues with the sound in the first song – the perils of livestreaming!)

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