By Brian Tipton | December 16, 2007
We had two baptized this week. In Como, we always purchase a good, quality, NIV Study Bible to give as a gift to a new convert. We want to make sure they have a good copy of God’s word so that they can grow. I believe this is good. But what I do not want, is for anyone to think that the Bible is the end of it all. So this time, I included the something on top of the Bible. When they open their bible’s box, the first thing they will read is
Nothing is as precious as the relationship you will cultivate with your Creator. God has left his indelible marks on this world through His constant interaction with it. He formed it from nothing, cared for it when it broke, and became human so that He might save us. He came to restore a relationship with you. Even if you had been the only person on earth to ever believe that Jesus was the son of God, he still would have died for just you. God loves you.
This Bible is given to you as a guide. It is not given as the end, but the means to knowing God. Jesus said,
You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
Scriptures are a wonderful blessing. They are God’s revelation to us; God speaks to us on the pages of His word. But He speaks in order to bring us into a relationship with Him. Our prayer is that you take this guide and let it point the way to your Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ.
And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.