We believe that as we read and understand the Bible we find a message that is relevant to our lives in the 21st Century. We believe and have experienced that through these words God continues to speak into our lives today.
However, it's not always easy to know where to start and some parts of definitely easier to understand than others. We suggest one of the books which tell the story of Jesus's life and death are a good place to start: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
We always have free resources available to help people get into reading the Bible. You will find these in our bookstall racks in the church.
There are different translations available and scholars continue to explore the most accurate rendering of the original Hebrew and Greek texts of the 66 books that make up the Bible. As a result we are fortunate in having several easy to read modern translations.
At St John’s we use the New International Version in our services. We place great emphasis on trying to understand what God has to say to us today through his Word and hence the majority of talks will explain and apply a Bible passage. To make it easier to follow what the speaker says copies of the Bible are available for everyone and we encourage you to make use of them.
You can read the Bible online here in various modern and traditional versions. You can also use this site to search easily for a particular book, passage, theme or keyword.