WHY SHOULD I STUDY THE BIBLE

Introduction

The expectation of the Home Cell Ministry for every church member is to develop love for the study and application of the truth of Scripture to our lives. Our initial discussion focused on the necessity of a daily devotional Quiet Time, a foundation to a life of diligent study of the Bible. The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God Who created all things.

The following are a few scriptural reasons that we should consider when answering this question: Why should I study the Word of God?

Focal Verses: 2 Tim. 3:15-17, Prov. 30:5-6


1. It Answers Life’s Basic Questions

· Where did I come from?

· Why am I here? & Where do I go from here?

· How do I relate to God and other people?

· What provisions have been made for me here?


2. It Contains the Mind of God

Above all else, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God, His Will, His thoughts, promises and plans for our lives. It also contains history on how God had previously dealt with humankind, serving as an example of His expectation for our lives. The centrality of the Bible focuses on the life of Jesus, showing us what is expected of us in every situation.


3. The Word of God is Complete & Infallible (Prov. 30:5-6; Rev 22:18-19).

There is no error in God's Word. The law of the Lord is perfect concerning our soul. The testimony of the Lord is not only infallible, it is inerrant. The purity of His words does not need anything added to it. God warns us not to misrepresent His scripture. The Bible does not need any new chapters or verses. Many cults add their own books or commentaries to the Bible. All we need is God's Word because it is the holy Word of God. It is complete. In Revelations, God gives us a warning about those who try to add to or subtract from His Word


4. The Word of God is totally authoritative. (Psalm 119:89)

The Word of God is the only source for absolute divine authority. This divine authority is for you and me as servants of Jesus Christ. When some say, "I have a word from the Lord for you," write it down and as you study God's word see if the Lord speaks to you through His Scriptures. Only then will you know if the Lord is truly speaking to you.


5. God's Word is Totally Sufficient (2 Tim 2:15; 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:3).

It is God’s Word that makes His workmen approved and not ashamed. It makes them complete for every good work. It is His Word which gives us power for everything.


6. The Basis Upon Which We Pray (Isa 55:10-11, John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15)

When a lawyer stands before a judge, he invokes specific clauses/articles in the Constitution/Law to argue his case. Likewise, we raise prayers to God based on what God has said in the Bible. He watches over His Word to perform. The knowledge of His Will or what He has said in His Word gives us confidence to approach Him with our requests. God sent His word to accomplish His perfect will in our lives. If God makes a promise to you He will fulfill it in His own time. There are so many promises given to us in the Bible. These promises reassure us and bring comfort to our lives in our times of trial.


7. God's Word Produces Life (John 6:63; Hebrews 11:3).

It contains creative power. The worlds were created by the words of His mouth


8. God's Word Washes Us (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:25-27; Psalm 119:9-11).

The knowledge of God’s Will in His Word helps us to overcome temptation and sin.


9. God's Word is Light (Psalm 119:105).

It is God’s Word that illuminates our path so that we do not stumble in this world.


10. God's Word is Totally Sufficient (Matt 4:4, 1 Cor 3:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:2; Heb 5:11-12).

God’s Word is spiritual food that causes us to grow, He expects that we grow from feeding on milk in the early stages and graduate to learn His deeper truths

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