In this post we are going to take another bite out of the Doctrine of the Bible or Bibliology. This week we will talk about studying the Bible.
In my last “Bite Sized Theology” post I covered general and special revelation. In earlier posts I talked about why the Bible is The Book, not just a book about God, but a book written by God Himself, and what is meant by The Canon, why we can trust the 66 books of the Bible are God’s Word.
Today we’re going to talk Bible study: why it is important, some important principles about Bible study, and how to get started?
16 Reasons to Study the Bible:
- The Scriptures show us the way of salvation (Rom. 1.16; 2 Tim. 3.15; John 3.1-21).
- It helps us grow spiritually (2 Pet. 3.18; 1 Pet. 2.2).
- It guides and directs our lives (Ps. 119.105).
- As we study and meditate on God’s Word, keeping it in our hearts and minds, it cause us to prosper spiritually and experience true success in life (Josh. 1.8; Ps. 1.1-3).
- It helps us recognize the difference between truth and error (Acts 17.11).
- It prepares us to share the Gospel and the hope we have in Christ (1 Pet. 3.15).
- It prepares us for the “one-anothering” (teaching, admonishing, and encouraging) we are called to do in the family of God (Col. 3.16).
- It prepares us to teach our children or the next generation (Deut. 6.6-7).
- It provides us with hope and encouragement (Rom. 15.4).
- It is an important part of the armor of God and protects us from the schemes of the devil (Eph. 6.10-17; Lk. 4.1-13).
- When we commit it to our hearts, the Holy Spirit brings it to our minds when we need it, and it helps us stay away from sin (Ps. 119.11).
- As we hear it, read it, and come to understand the Word, it grows our faith (Rom. 10.17).
- It exposes our hearts (Heb. 12.12-16) so we can see where we need to grow and change.
- It enables us to obey the two great commandments: love God and love others (Matt. 22.37-40).
- It helps us become more like Christ (1 Tim. 4.7).
- It enables us to know God and His Son Jesus Christ (Jn. 17.3).