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Why Study the Bible?

Think Christianly: Why Study the Bible?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Why Study the Bible?

Why Study the Bible? There are at least 3 reasons:

First, the Bible teaches us about God, about ourselves, and how to live.

“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.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

Next, the Bible gives us hope, encouragement, endurance, and instruction.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”—Romans 15:4

Finally, the Bible helps us grow and change.

“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…”—1 Peter 2:2

“For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”—1 Thess. 2:13

If we are to think Christianly in the day to day, the Word of God must saturate our hearts and minds. Here is a question we need to ask I in this book long enough and frequent enough to be shaped by it?

BTW - if you don't have your Bible with you, but can get online, visit Bible Gateway.

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