How is the Bible used in the Protestant Church?

The Bible is central during the church service where there is a reading from the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Prayers and creeds which are said during the Sunday service often refer to passages from the Bible.

After the Bible is read there will usually be a sermon to explain what the Bible means for people in their daily lives. This means explaining and applying the Bible to us today. This is usually done by the minister or pastor.

Some Protestants use a lectionary to help them read relevant parts of the Bible throughout the year.

Different Bible versions

The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament was written in Greek.

The Bible was first translated into Latin. For many years it was only available in this language.

About 900 years ago John Wycliffe and then William Tyndale tried to translate the Bible into English, but their efforts were opposed by the Church.

The most significant event was the publishing of the English language Bible during the reign of King James. It was known as the King James Version. Since then there have been many versions of the Bible in English which have tried to update the language. These include The New International Version (NIV), The Good News Bible and The Message.