God has given us the scriptures to give us revelation of who He is, what He’s done and is going to do, and what He requires of us.
The Bible is a blessing.
If you take a look at church history, a lot of work has gone into the scriptures we have today. The Bible was banned at times and not that accessible. Today, we have the ability to read the word of God without any repercussions (at least in the United States). Although the Bible is very accessible today, it’s been shown through studies that many of us don’t read it.
Friends, this is not how things should be. Christians have been persecuted for the Bible we have. We should be studying the Bible!
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7 Reasons for Studying the Bible
You may not be convinced about studying the Bible yet. Here are 7 reasons to study the Bible.
1. The Bible is alive and active.
The Word of God is alive and active.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart,” (Hebrews 4:12).
What does it mean for the Bible to be alive and active? It means that it’s relevant for anyone, no matter the person or time period. As you know, society and popular views change over time. However, the word of God never changes yet still stays relevant.
2. The Bible teaches us who God is.
The Word of God teaches us who God is.
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent,” (John 17:3).
Christianity is about more than the initial time you repented and accepted Christ. It’s about having a relationship with the creator of the universe.
When you enter into a relationship with someone, you naturally start hanging out with them more. If we never spend time reading our Bibles, we’re neglecting our “hang out time” with God.
How will you ever learn about what God is like?
3. The Bible gives us wisdom, correction, and guidance.
Not only does the Bible teach us about God, but it also gives us wisdom, correction, and guidance.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Someone once told me a cool acronym for the word ‘Bible’. They said, “The word Bible stands for basic instructions before leaving earth”.
That’s not actually the reason the Bible is called that, but it’s a cool acronym to remember because it’s true. The Bible teaches us how we should live.
As flawed and sinful human beings, we can’t rely on our own understanding to navigate this life. That’s why we need the Bible to help us.
4. The Bible shows us the importance of evangelism.
The Word of God shows us the importance of evangelism.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:18-19).Jesus came down to earth to save us because we’re sinful. This is at the heart of the gospel. If we’re supposed to be Christ-like, we also should spread the gospel. It’s commanded of us.
When we read the Bible, we see multiple examples of Jesus and the disciples spreading the gospel to others. If we read these passages and study them out, we also can learn more about the gospel and how to clearly and effectively share it.
5. The Bible helps us discern good doctrine from bad doctrine.
The Word of God warns us about false teaching and how we need to be discerning.
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world,” (1 John 4:1).
When it concerns God, we shouldn’t trust people at their word. As you can see, the Bible tells us there will be false teachers in this world. In order to be diligent against false teaching, we must know what true teaching is. That way, we can discern good doctrine from bad doctrine.
However, the only way we can discern this is by studying the Bible.
6. The Bible gives us confidence in our faith.
The Word of God gives us confidence in our faith.
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him,” (Jeremiah 17:7).
When we read and study the Bible more and more, we gain more confidence in our faith. It’s the same as when you gain confidence in a friend over time. Most people wouldn’t fully trust a new friend. It takes time to gain that trust and confidence in a person.
The same goes with God and his Word. You may not fully trust God at this time and that’s okay. Trust takes time to build. As you spend more time in the Word, you’ll realize you’re gaining more confidence in your faith.
7. The Bible teaches us what’s to come in the future.
The Word of God teaches us about what will happen in the future.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away,” (Revelation 21:4).
If you’d like to learn about the plans God has for the future, read the Bible. There are a lot of prophecies and passages that explain what the future will be like. The above verse included.
I hope this has encouraged you to study the Bible.
Remember, the Bible:
- is alive and active.
- teaches us who God is.
- gives us wisdom, correction, and guidance.
- shows us the importance of evangelism.
- helps us discern good doctrine from bad doctrine.
- gives us confidence in our faith.
- teaches us what’s to come in the future.
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