Year of Biblical Literacy

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The Year of Biblical Literacy continues with the God who calls. God's promise to Abraham (that he would become a great nation, living in the promised land and bringing blessing to the whole world) sets the direction for the rest of Genesis and indeed the whole Bible story.

Immediately we are faced with a problem: Abraham has no children, so how can the promise be fulfilled? As the chapters of Abraham's life unfold we discover that through all the ups and downs of life God keeps his promise.

As we read these chapters of Genesis in the context of the whole Bible there are two vital questions to explore further. The first is to ask how the promise to Abraham looks forward to Jesus. The promise finds its fullest answer in Jesus and when we put our trust in Jesus we find that we are part of the promise being fulfilled. The second is to ask how Abraham is an example of faith to us. We are also people who have received a promise and are holding onto that promise in difficult times. Sometimes Abraham got it right and sometimes he failed badly. How will we do?

The Year of Biblical Literacy begins with the God who creates. The creation accounts in Genesis are reflected later in the Old Testament and then in the Gospels and letters of the New Testament. They bring us face to face with God who is eternal and all powerful and yet also knowable.

Not only do we find that God can be known, but we discover the life changing truth that God wants us to walk in relationship with him. By his love and grace he makes it possible.

Maybe Martin Luther was right when he put it like this: “There is nothing more beautiful, nothing more useful than Genesis. It is simple yet majestic, dignified yet unaffected, profound yet perfectly clear. Genesis makes a superb introduction to the Bible and puts everything into perspective.”

This Month's Resources

Join with others in the church as we challenge ourselves to engage again with God's Word. E100 contains 100 carefully selected Bible excerpts from both the Old and New Testaments, along with engagingly written notes to help you reflect on the Bible's meaning and relevance for you today.

Copies will be available to purchase at church, and can be found online. You can also download a PDF version of the reading plan here.

DriveTime Devotions is a daily podcast from Saddleback Church designed to help you know God's Word and put it into practice. Each episode contains a few verses of the bible, some thoughts on how it applies to everyday life, and some guidance to pray.

You can find out more and subscribe to the podcast by visiting the DriveTime Devotions website.


Lots of people think the Bible has been changed, corrupted, or is a conspiracy and that it cannot be trusted. Amy Orr-Ewing explores how we can have confidence in the reliability of the Bible we read today.

Copies will be available to purchase at church, and can be found online. 


Perhaps as you begin to read the Bible for yourself, you find yourself facing questions and uncertainty with what you're reading. In Reason for God, Timothy Keller addresses the most frequently voiced “doubts” skeptics bring to his church as well as the most important reasons for faith. 

Copies will be available to purchase at church, and can be found online