Feasting On God’s Word

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty. (Jeremiah 15,16, NIV)

If you wish to Google it, you can actually watch a livestream of the last McDonald’s cheeseburger to be served up in Iceland (the country, not the frozen food chain). Purchased in October 2009, the cheeseburger and fries are apparently still going strong with minimal signs of decay. Of course, you may be a McDonald’s superfan, and are often found entering the golden arches for a regular fast-food treat, a cheeky McFlurry or a milkshake, but how appetising is a 13-year-old burger?

If we are honest, even for many Christians, the Bible can at times feel similar to a dry old burger. We know the Bible is the ‘good book’, we believe it is the unique and inspired word of God and that we ought to read it, we want it to feed us and nourish us, but sometimes it’s just hard to digest. Jeremiah claimed to have ‘eaten’ God’s words and experienced both joy and delight, but sometimes our experience of the Bible might be more of a flavourless snack or a lite bite than an exquisite meal to savour.

Of course, part of the struggle is that the Bible is big, it’s old and it’s complex. It’s not easy to read this strange, ancient collection of books. We might read the long lists of laws in Leviticus about what God’s people are to eat or to wear, and wonder how that’s relevant to us. We might be shocked at some of it, too – what about all the blood and gore, and people doing terrible things to each other? And then we run into the prophets with their pages and pages of poetry, and it’s easy to wonder what it’s all about and why it matters.

For these reasons and more, we might long to feast on the word of God but come away dissatisfied, wondering if it’s worth the effort. Perhaps we keep coming back to our old, familiar, favourite passages to keep us going, but it quickly feels like a limited diet. Perhaps what we need is a chef to work with us, to show us round, to encourage us to taste the big story of the Bible and inspire new eating habits – because, with the right sort of guide, the Bible can provide us with a feast for life.

This is where The Bible Course can help, with expert guidance and coaching from our head chef (and Bible expert) Dr. Andrew Ollerton. Over eight video-led sessions, you can experience the big story of the Bible and discover how all the key characters, events, and stories fit together. Using a unique storyline, The Bible Course becomes a visual, mouth-watering experience that will rejuvenate your appetite for the Scriptures.

The Bible Course is ideal for small groups or larger gatherings, in person or online. If you are new to the Bible, this course will help you to navigate through the world’s bestseller and provide coaching and encouragement to read for yourself. If you are a seasoned Bible reader, this course will help you understand some of the trickier parts of Scripture, including the end of the Old Testament with its complex narratives and plethora of prophets.

If you are not able to be part of a small group or would prefer to do the course on your own, then The Bible Course: Personal Edition offers a new way to explore the big story of the Bible, but at your own pace, in your own time, wherever you are – on your way to work in the morning, during lunch or when the kids are in bed.

The Personal Edition is available on an online platform that is instantly accessible on your mobile, tablet, or laptop. The platform allows you to track your progress, watch the videos, listen to the Scriptures and engage with new interactive content. While the core content is the same as the popular Group Edition, the Personal Edition allows you to experience all the benefits of The Bible Course, but on your own! There is also extra video content from the new course host, Joanna Adeyinka-Burford, who will help guide you through the content.

Why not see for yourself and try the first session for free? Visit www.biblesociety.org.uk/thebiblecourse

Since 2018, when The Bible Course was first launched, many thousands of people have been inspired to see the big story of the Bible. Our hope and prayer for you as you run or host The Bible Course is that feasting upon the Scriptures will be for you, as it was for Jeremiah, a joy and a delight to your heart.

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