On any normal Sunday we will read a passage from the Old Testament, a passage from Psalms, a passage from the New Testament other than the Gospels, and a passage from one of the Gospels. The readings are set out for us in the lectionary (reading list) which covers three years. This makes sure that over time we get the whole story, not just someone’s favourite passages.
Ancient Jewish scholarship required that any theological argument needed at least two witnesses, by which they meant one passage from the Torah (the first 5 Books) and one passage from the Prophets. In contemporary thinking the saying has been ‘a text out of context is a con’. At one level that is very true, and loud arguments are often made on small passages, yet it remains the quality of the argument, not simply the volume; and the quality the argument will look at the whole context, and that will include the social context in which the passage arose.
The Bible is not a book, the Bible is a library made up of many books, and those books tell many stories. Together are the record of the revelation of God, as canonically accepted by the Church. And God reveals himself today as much as any day, and because of the consistency of God over time we have a measure to help us discern what is of God and what is not.
You sometimes here people describing their Church as being a Bible-Believing Church, in a way that suggests that congregations with a rich liturgical tradition are not Bible-Believing. You will find here at S Stephens we believe the Bible, and that it has a very important place in our liturgy and all our ministry.
Most Contemporary translations are reliable and most Christians will own a copy of the Bible and read from it in a regular basis. In the Liturgy at S Stephens we normally read from the New Jerusalem Translation, though many Anglican Parishes in the Diocese of Newcastle read from the New Revised Standard Version.
Universalis provides several online bible reading programs which you can check out here UNIVERSALIS