The very first words in the Bible tells us there is a God. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1.1). In verse three we read, “Then God said”. The rest of the creation consists of God speaking and it being so. He has always used words to communicate His thoughts. By looking at creation we know there is a God but only reading the Bible, can we know how to serve Him.
The Bible is not just any book, it is an “inspired book”. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Inspired means God breathed or God gave life to the scriptures. One can only speak by breathing in and then out. When God spoke, His words were recorded for our learning.
The Apostle Paul pointed out the importance of reading the Scriptures in Ephesians 3.3-6, “how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.” Reading causes thinking; to concentrate on what we are reading. We can re-read if we need to. Through reading we gain knowledge and weigh the evidence being presented to us so as to make informed conclusions. Reading is a powerful device in learning about God. There is a Latin proverb: Littera scripta manet, which means, “The written letter remains.”
We also have the ability to listen. Again, to think about what is being said and decide what is true, or important. Fortunately, God gave us the Bible. A compilation of 66 Books written by 40 different men over a 4,000-year time frame. Yet it contains the very words of God.
By looking at nature we know God exist but by reading His Bible we know who God is, His great and marvelous works, the plan of salvation that began in the Garden of Eden and continued until the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and was completed when the Christ died on the cross for our sins. The Bible tells us how to be saved. It is worth the time and effort to listen to and read through the Word of God.
It is our hope that providing this link on our web page, you will find it beneficial to follow the reading schedule and listen to brother Jerry Fite read through the Bible using the King James Bible. It is our hope to add different translations in the future. You will be enlightened and blessed if you obey God’s word.
In 1604, King James I of England authorized that a new translation of the Bible into English to be made. It was finished in 1611, just 85 years after the first translation of the New Testament into English appeared (Tyndale, 1526). The Authorized Version (AV), or King James Version (KJV), quickly became the standard for English-speaking Protestants. Its flowing language and prose rhythm has had a profound influence on the literature of the past 400 years. Newer versions are now available (such as the New King James Version, NKJV, ASV, etc.) which provide more modern English words, but do not have the rhythm and poetic approach as the KJV.
The KJV did have translation flaws. For example, in Acts 12:3, the word “Easter” is found while it should be the “Days of Unleavened Bread.” A thorough study of the context will readily affirm the mistake. King James gave the translators instructions intended to ensure that the new version would conform to the ecclesiology of, the Church of England, thus the use of Easter, which was a part of their theology.
The translation was done by 6 panels of translators, (47 men in all) had work divided up between them; the Old Testament was entrusted to three panels, the New Testament to two. It took a total of 7 years to complete the enormous work. While the apocrypha was included by a panel, it has not been assigned a scriptural place in the finished work.
Many Bible readers use a newer version due to more modern vernacular, the King James Version remains a best seller and has a legitimate place on a believer’s shelf.
Jerry Fite has been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ full time for over forty-three years. He was born in Dallas, Texas to Harold and Norma Fite on June 14, 1950. Being a son of a preacher, he was subject to more moves than most. However, he was able to experience life from 5th grade to a year of college while living in Fort Worth, Texas. He married Kathy Fite, his high school sweetheart, on January 9, 1970. Jerry and Kathy have been blessed with two children and four grandchildren.
While Texas is where Jerry Fite has lived all his life, he has preached throughout the states in Gospel Meetings. In the 1990’s he labored in preaching Christ in Gospel efforts in Lithuania. In addition to preaching, Jerry has written articles for various religious publications through the years. He is currently living in Pasadena, Texas where he has worked with the Parkview church of Christ for forty years.
He can be reached via email at: email@example.com
"By the word of the LORD
were the heavens made;
and all the host of them
by the breath of his mouth."
Psalm 33:6 (KJV)
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