With the change of seasons and the start of the Fall Season, we see the start of the new school year and the events that come along with that. In the Christian community, this change in season means bible study groups are starting along with other activities. As I was thinking of these changes, I felt a challenge to ask myself, “What is the need for a Christian to read and study the Bible?”.
Of course, books have been written about this question and to answer this question takes more space than this article allows. Key to this question is why does a “Christian” need to study “The Book”. A Christian, one who has “confessed Jesus Christ as Lord of their life”, has a need to develop their relationship with God, through his Son, Jesus Christ. To develop a relationship, means to learn more about each other. There is no need for God to learn more about us, for he created us in His image, meaning each of us has intrinsic value, worth, dignity and purpose. So it us up to us to learn more about God through his Book.
The importance of studying the Bible, along with improving our relationship with God, is actually outlined in the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16–17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man
of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
Bible study, like any of the Christian behaviors, is just that, a behavior, needing to be developed, so that it becomes a daily part of our lives. This takes consistency. And one of the best ways to get consistent in Bible study, is in a group setting, holding each other accountable. There are at least two group bible studies in our church, Sunday School classes, and other group studies in the area. As one of our shut-ins shared with me, they study the Bible through doing their daily devotions.
The point is, we need, and we should desire, to study God’s Word. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
Let us encourage each other to store up God’s word in our hearts by being in study of the Word.
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