Engage the Bible with Michael Bird
Gospel for Life
Engage the Bible with Michael Bird
October 11, 2021
Dr. Mike Bird wishes you knew seven important things about the Bible.
Most of us believe that we should read the Bible, but statistics show that Christians are having a hard time doing so. We have questions about where to start, as well as questions about how it was put together, how it can be God’s word, how to interpret it, and more.

Dr. Michael Bird wants to help. In his latest book, Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible, Dr. Bird helps us understand what the Bible is, how it came to be, and how we can learn to appreciate it on its own terms.

Key Ideas


“If people know roughly these seven things, they're more likely to have greater confidence in the Bible and to be less flustered when they come across something that sounds a little bit weird or they're not too sure how to explain it.”

“Maybe, just maybe the post World War II consumerist, hyper-individualistic religious culture that you live in is not normal or hasn't been around everywhere in the world. And in fact, you're the person who's got the odd view because you're somewhat new on the scene.”

“Having a little bit of occasional skepticism is actually the sign of an inquiring faith, a faith that wants to grow and engage and wrestle with God. It's not a sign of weakness and it's certainly not an attack.”

“The Bible, irrespective of what people may think about it, pro and con, has had the biggest effect on Western civilization and it's the basis to be perfectly frank, for pretty much everything good in Western civilization.”

“I tell students when they hand you that Master of Divinity, I hope you do not believe them because the rest of your life should be spent not mastering the Bible, but hopefully struggling to be mastered by it.”

“I think it's good for anyone to have one part of Scripture that's something of a hobby horse. And over a life through your reading, preaching, teaching, studying, you can develop a certain extra expertise in that particular area.”

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