It’s a privilege at this time of year to be allowed to take assemblies in our schools and to present the Year 7 pupils with a New Testament and Psalms. Every year we are greeted by teachers who tell us: “I’ve still got mine, you know!” It’s our responsibility to present the Bible as relevant to today’s young people, and we only have a few minutes of their time to do this. The following is how we approached it this year, on the day when JK Rowling’s ‘adult’ book is published. Please pray that God will use His word, as He has promised to accomplish His purposes and bring Him glory.
Do you read books? Do you read paperbacks? When I was young, all we had was paper books. Now, you can read on your smartphone, Kindle, tablet, laptop, or just on the internet. There are so many ways to read these days, but it’s still all just words, no matter what they are written on.
The Bible was written over a period of roughly a couple of thousand years, by around 40 different individuals in 66 parts (or books). It was written on clay tablets, papyrus, animal skin scrolls, vellum & paper – and now it’s available anywhere in the world via the internet!
I said that books are just words, but words are never just anything. A wise man once said to me that a person who says something nasty and then takes it back (sticks & stones never works) – is like someone who throws a stone through a window and then says: “I’m sorry I’ll take the stone back!” Words are effective!
The Bible claims that its words are the words of God Himself – if so, they’re the most powerful words ever! The Bible says that every word of it was literally ‘the breath of God’. Jesus made many claims about Himself – and these are recorded in the Bible, as God’s Word – you can look for yourself, I’m not going to tell you today.
But, CS Lewis (who wrote the Narnia series) said that based on what Jesus said He was either mad, bad, or God. Lewis believed that He was and is God. You have to make up your own mind, but until you read the words, you’ll never know!
We are going to give you a New Testament & Psalms, so you can read it and see for yourself. You can keep it and read it, you can put it on your phone or your Kindle or your computer or just Google it! But, if words are important and God’s words are the most important, then you can’t dare to miss it!
So, please accept these old fashioned books with timeless words that will bring light and life to you from the Living God who inspired it.