Three reasons to study the Bible
To be sure, there are more than three reasons to study the Bible but these three should provide enough motivation for any believer who wants to grow closer to God, become more like Jesus, and be a useful instrument for furthering the kingdom of God.
1 Bible study is essential to spiritual growth
Attending a bible-believing church every week is a wonderful way to hear God’s word, worship the Lord, and be encouraged by other believers. But let’s get real, a 30 to 60 minute sermon once a week probably isn’t going to produce sufficient spiritual growth. Even if you’re staying focused and taking notes, this relatively small amount of time that you’re exposed to God’s word Sunday morning isn’t likely to be enough to overcome the distractions, stresses, and temptations that you’re exposed to the rest of the week.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.
1 Peter 2:2 NIV
What we need to grow spiritually is a daily helping of the pure spiritual milk of God’s word. (Pssst, that’s the Bible.) Craving for the word of God with the same intensity that a baby craves for its mother’s milk is a sure sign of a true believer and shows that you’re experiencing a phase of spiritual growth.
2 Bible study is essential to spiritual maturity
Unless believers mature spiritually, meaning that they’ve already learned the basics of the faith and are digging into the deeper truths of God’s word, they can’t become teachers of God’s word. A lack of bible teachers causes stagnation in the growth of the church.
This was exactly the condition of the Hebrew believers that brought this rebuke from the apostle Paul:
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Every believer is expected to mature spiritually to the point where they can council others in the word of God. To be effective at this, one must progress past the fundamentals and this requires that you study the word of God.
3 Bible study is essential to spiritual effectiveness
To be an effective teacher of God’s word, you must study the bible so you can discern the truth from all of the false beliefs and teachings that are so prevalent in the world.
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
Scripture teaches how God intends for us to live, which is critical for us to learn if we are going to practice righteousness. If we’re not living a righteous life, then we’re a poor example to other believers and we’re not ready to do all that God desires from us.
Not all of us will become pastors or evangelists, and that’s fine. But you’re expected to be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). My friends, make bible study a priority so that you can fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
I’ve been a Christian for more than 40 years. In 2013, I began growing in a closer relationship with God as I turned over more and more of my life to Him and asked Him for wisdom. Since then, I’ve been strongly compelled to share God's word and to warn others that we need to get ready because Jesus is coming soon.
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