The most important book anyone could read or study is the Bible. Some books help us understand such subjects as human behavior, science, and history, while other books are simply entertaining. But the Bible takes us outside our physical universe and into the heart of God.

The Beauty of This Ancient Book

The Bible is like a mobile library containing sixty-six different books. The two main divisions of the Bible are the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament tells us about the history of the nation Israel. The New Testament narrates the life of Jesus Christ and the early years of His Church.

But the Bible is more than histories and narratives. It is the only book God has ever authored. God is a communicator -- He wants you to know Him, to know His ways, and to know what He has for you.

Because God is spirit, you can't see Him or touch Him. You can't peer at Him through a telescope or run experiments on Him in a laboratory. Yet God has spoken to you. The Bible is God's self-revelation -- the truth about God, about the nature of God, about God's thoughts, and about God's will are revealed in the Bible. The Bible bridges the gap between the invisible God and your visible world.

The Value of Reading the Bible

Your Creator had a design in mind when He made you. As you study the Bible, you not only discover God, but you also learn what He wants your life to be and what He demands from you.

Reading the Bible is important because the Bible holds the key to your true meaning and purpose. Sometimes you may look at your over-booked agenda and say to yourself, "There's just got to be more to life than this!" And, of course, there IS more to life! The Bible tells you what that "more" is -- and how to find it.

How the Bible Can Empower You

The Bible makes promises to those who read it. For instance, the Bible says that it will revive your soul, make you wise, give you joy, enlighten your eyes, provide warning, and give great reward (Psalm 19:7-11). In another place, the Bible promises its readers hope, encouragement, and comfort.

Best of all, however, the Bible tells you the truth about God and about how to know God. Through the message of the Bible, you can meet God, experience God, and discover a personal relationship with God.

Exploring the Bible

At Calvary Chapel, we do exhaustive research into the history, the language, and the meaning of the Bible. This allows us to properly apply its lessons to the practical issues of our lives. We work hard at knowing God as He has revealed Himself to us through His Holy Scriptures. We take the teaching of the Bible seriously, and use the Bible as a guide for our daily lives.

We try to structure our personal lives and our church community life around the truth of the Bible. Our commitment to God, and to you!!, is to do our best to help you to really understand the Bible and its proper place in your life.

Enjoying the Bible

Do you look forward to going to your mailbox and looking through your mail? How about playing back the messages on your telephone answering machine?

Maybe you are hoping for a call from a friend, or for a letter announcing that you've won a million-dollar sweepstakes.

The Bible is like a mailbox. God has placed messages in it for you. You can go to the Bible every day to see what God has to say to you.

We are here to help you understand God's message. We provide Bible studies, outlines, cassette tapes, and other material to help you understand the Bible. We also have a research department that would love to answer YOUR questions and assist in YOUR study of Scripture.

Various services offered by Calvary Chapel will enable you to read, to understand, and to enjoy this most important book ever written -- the Holy Bible.

If you would like to follow any of several systematic methods of Bible reading, simply print our One-Year Bible Reading Plan -- and JOIN US (regardless of the current date!).