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JMary Beth Hardesty-Crouchump into The Good Book

In preparation for this fall’s all-church emphasis on the Bible, I’ve been reading The Good Book: 40 Chapters that Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo. According to a recent survey of our active members, the #1 obstacle when trying to focus on a relationship with God was “lack of knowledge or understanding of the Bible.” As I talk with folks about that obstacle, often I’ll hear things like, “I don’t know where to start” or “I’m intimidated.” So, I appreciated what Deron Spoo had to say in the Introduction to his book.

“The Bible is like the ocean … so deep in places that no person, however capable a swimmer, could survive its extremities. But at the same time, when the ocean touches the land, the water is so shallow and the waves lapping the beach are so gentle that even a toddler can safely play there. Anyone who has visited the beach has seen firsthand that the ocean is both intimidating and approachable. The same is true of the Bible. Like the ocean, its depths can never be fathomed. Even after a lifetime of study, the most brilliant theologians admit they’ve only begun to plumb its depths. Centuries of Christian scholarship haven’t been able to chart its vast expanse. The Bible can be intimidating and yet approachable at the same time. Anyone can pick up a Bible and encounter simple truths that are nothing short of life changing.” (Deron Spoo)

Beginning September 9, we invite you to Jump into The Good Book! Through worship, adult small groups, youth studies and children’s ministry, the entire VRUMC family will go deeper into the best-selling book of all time. If you’re uncertain where to start, there will be ways to “dip your toe” and get acquainted with the Bible. If you’ve got a little experience or knowledge, you can “go deeper” with a study of Genesis or Romans or Simon Peter. And if you’re ready to “dive in,” there’s a 24-week study of the entire Bible, Disciple 1 Fast Track.

You can check out all the opportunities for adults, youth, and children next Sunday, August 26, 2018, at our Fall Ministry Preview.I hope you’ll prayerfully consider where you’ll Jump into The Good Book.

“The ultimate benefit of reading the scriptures isn’t greater familiarity with the Bible, but deeper intimacy with God. The Bible, from the first word to the last, points to the person of Jesus.” (Deron Spoo)

I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Glory to God!
Pastor Mary Beth