Studying The Greatest Book Ever

What is at stake when it comes to personal Bible study?

Bible study is linked with discipleship (Matthew 28:18-20);

Bible study shows you are approved by God (2 Timothy 2:15);

Bible study is the prescription for spiritual troubles (1 Timothy 4:11);

Bible study equips us (2 Timothy 3:17);

Bible study gives us a connection to the past (Luke 4:17-21);

Bible study teaches us lessons, both positive and negative (Romans 15:4);

Bible study builds faith (Romans 10:17);

Bible study arms us for spiritual combat (Titus 1:9-11, 1 Peter 3:15);

Bible study opens our eyes to the mystery of salvation (Eph. 3:3-6);

Unfortunately, many people do not want to study the Bible because the task just seems laborious and unrewarding. Some see it as a boring book that does not apply to us today. However, the Bible plainly teaches that the world will be judged by its words (John 12:48). Contrary to some think, there are many passages in Scripture, such as Psalm 119, which clearly proclaim the enjoyment that comes from reading, studying and meditating upon God’s word:

“I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches” (Psalm 119:14).

“I shall delight in Thy statutes” (119:16).

“They testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors” (119:24).

“Make me walk in the path of Thy commandments, for I delight in it” (119:35).

“And I shall delight in Thy commandments, which I love” (119:47).

Never see the Bible as a boring, dusty old textbook – if anything, it is the opposite: It has romance (Isaac and Rebekah, Ruth, Song of Solomon); Adventure (Exploits of Moses, Jonathan, David); Great battles; Historic moments; Drama (Jesus in the Garden in the most emotionally provocative moment in human history); Mystery and intrigue (Esther, Nehemiah); It has help for parents, husbands and wives, employees and employers,  addicts, rich people and poor people; It has an answer for hopelessness. The Bible is the most exciting book ever written, penned by God Himself through inspired men, written over many generations and touching the lives of many different people. Its core message of grace for the sinner is as relevant as ever, and it can touch your life too!