At St. Paul's we believe that children and youth should come to know and love the major stories in the Bible that define what we believe about God; God's mercy, love, compassion and justice for all. Every child receives a Spark Storybook Bible when they enter Children's Church. When they move into 4th grade, they receive a second Spark Bible which is an older version appropriate for their age. If you are new to St. Paul's and would like to receive a Bible just let Sue know!
The Bible 101
The Bible is a special book that contains the Holy Scriptures in two sections; the Old Testament and New Testament and were written by different individuals under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The OT reveals God's mighty acts in creation, the deliverance of the people of Israel from bondage in Egypt, and the making of the old covenant with the chosen people. God's saving will for God's people is made known in the OT through the gift of the Law in the Ten Commandments and through the witness of the prophets. The OT is also known as the "Hebrew Scriptures." The NT describes the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, whose coming was foretold in the OT. It also tells the story of the creation of the Christian church through the gift of the Holy Spirit and presents the new covenant, based on love, which is the new relationship with God given by Jesus Christ to all who believe in him. (BCP, pp. 850-851). Definition provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved)
Bible Online Resources and Apps
YouVersion (online) and the Bible App features more than 100 versions and many languages, The Bible App allows users to read the Bible, share verses with their social networks, bookmark their favorite passages, and more - all in a format that keeps up with their increasingly mobile lifestyle. Since its creation, YouVersion has remained in the top five downloaded apps in the reference category and is the No. 1 downloaded Bible on iTunes.
Glo is an interactive Bible that brings the text of the Scripture to life through HD video, high-res images, zoomable maps, 360-degree virtual tours, customizable Bible reading plans, and a natural user interface for fast, easy, visual navigation on Mac, PC, iPad, and iPhone.
The daily devotional thoughts presented in Our Daily Bread help readers spend time each day in God's Word. The App features links to related Bible passages; downloads and pre-caches the ODB devotional up to 30 days in advance; streaming audio version of devotional over Internet connection; and social sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter.
The Bible Challenge
The Bible Challenge – a simple effort to encourage individuals and churches around the globe to read the entire Bible to receive its comfort, strength, wisdom and guidance and to gain a deeper understanding of how God has worked and continues to work in the world. Studies show that if someone reads the Bible for 21 days in a row that they have an 80% chance of developing a lifetime habit of reading the Bible.Click here to read more about the Bible Challenge.