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The Greatest Library Ever

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Bible Sunday Talk



Sir Thomas Bodley opened in 1602.

(had been a previous library from 1320)

quarter of a million visitors per year.


c1400BC earliest books

recording events from 2000BC and earlier.

last books 95AD

Books of Bible defined 325AD

1.25 million Bibles sold each year in the UK

44 million worldwide

been around 4x longer than Bodleian

5x more people buy a bible than visit the Bodleian.

All along changed peoples lives


5 volunteers – 2 girls, 3 boys

Sarah, Moses, David, Nehemiah, Mary

see acetates

God spoke to real people, in real places at real times.

Recorded in the Bible

People like us

Timeline continues to today

children back to their places


“Wish we were around in the Bible times”

But same God today

We have an advantage: recorded in the Bible

  • know what God is like
  • know what God wants from us
  • when we think God is calling us to do something – test against Bible.

If you want to love God, let the Bible change you from within.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Poster “You are what you eat”

But also, you are what you think


Radio – find radio 1.

Switch on radio / aerial– ask God to help us.

Lots of different stations – many books

Tuning– need to tune into that time – some things same, some things different.

Listen and act

When we see how God changed different people, he can begin to change us.


Radio – in kitchen – always on when I’m there Encourage you daily read from Bible.

Change us from the inside. Calling you to be the next Sarah, Nehemiah, next Moses.

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