The West Midlands has seen a remarkable growth in the number of Bible banks. There are now 13 churches in the West Midlands with Bible banks, compared with just five churches a short time ago.
Bible banks, which were the initiative of the Black Country Mission, have been set up in Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal churches, as well as in the Salvation Army and People’s Mission.
Churches from different denominations have agreed on one overriding principle, the need to bring the Bible to the people. Bible banks can operate side by side with food banks.
Jesus himself gave us an example, as he provided food for his followers before teaching them spiritual lessons. It makes sense to give out free Bibles or parts of a Bible at the same time the churches provide the needy with food.
Many of those who are desperate for food do not have a Bible at home. In addition, Bible banks can be children-friendly and contain biblical material especially suited for the very young.
Bible banks also encourage church members to bring along any spare Bibles which they have at home. God loves to bless his people, and God loves to bless the distribution of his word.
In the Old Testament, God says about his Word, ‘It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please’ (Isaiah 55:11). In the New Testament, we read the words of Paul in Romans 10:17, ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God’.