All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
I love reading. I face one of my biggest temptations when I step through the doors of a bookshop. “Wow! I want to buy this, this and this. But this seems so interesting! Let’s buy it too!” Before long, I find myself faced with 2 problems of catastrophic proportions. First, I have no time to finish reading every single book that I bought. Second, I have no place to store all my books. But I do know that there is one book that stands out amongst all books. Paul’s description of the Bible in 2 Timothy answers three questions about the Bible: What is it?g What can it be used for? What does it make us?
It is perhaps no surprise that John Wesley, even though he was known to be very well-read and have owned an extensive library, he nevertheless declared,
O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri.h Here then I am, far from the busy ways of men. I sit down alone; only God is here. In His presence I open, I read His book; for this end, to find the way to heaven. 58
Wesley wanted his followers to know the whole Bible, reading from both Testaments each day. He also believed that “one should carefully apply and immediately put into practice what was read.”59
我喜欢阅读。当我踏入书店的大门时，我就面临的一个最大的诱惑。 “哇！我想买这本，这本和这本。但是这本似乎也很有趣！我们也买吧！” 不久，我发现自己面临着两个灾难性的问题。首先，我没有时间阅读我购买的每一本书。其次，我没有地方存放我的所有书籍。但我知道有一本书在所有书中脱颖而出。保罗在《提摩太后书》中回答了关于圣经的三个问题：它是什么书？它可以用来做什么？它能什么使我们成为怎样的人？
“哦，给我那本书！不惜任何代价，给我上帝的书！我拥有它：这里有我足够的知识。让我成为唯有此书不可无的人。在这里，我远离人们繁忙的生活方式。我独自坐下，只有上帝在这里，在他同在中，翻开，读他的书; 为此目的：找到通往天堂的道路。 ”
These two questions were asked at John Wesley’s daily class group meetings: (1) “Did the Bible live in me today?”60 (2) “Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?”61