Why We Need Bible Study
“For the word of God is alive and active sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attributes of the heart’ Hebrews 4:12 ESV.
This is the first of five articles about Bible study. Today we look at why we need to study the Bible. Then we will cover how to observe Scripture, What do I see? How to interpret the Scripture. What does it mean? How does the Scripture apply to me and how does it apply to others? Ending the series with methods of Bible study.
Have you ever questioned why you need to study the Bible (Not just read but study)? Or maybe you wonder what influence the Bible might have on your life? Is the Bible relevant and important today? The fact is that the Bible has sold more copies than any other book in history and is what shaped and built the United States of America. The Bible influences much of what is taken for granted in areas of science, art, literature, technology and even in politics.
Even though the Bible has sold more copies than any other book, it is a neglected piece literature. Lifeway research in 2017 publish the results of a poll that showed that only 20% of those surveyed have read the entire Bible and only 9% read the entire Bible more than once. And few readers have a systematic plan for reading scripture each day. In most American homes they do not pick the Bible up daily.
The great tragedy among Christians today is that we are under the Word of God, not IN THE WORD unwilling to pick up the Bible and get into it for ourselves.
Here are a few reasons why people do not getting into the Word
- • It doesn’t work for me.
- • I don’t know how to read it.
- • I am just a layman, how am I to understand it?
- • I don’t have the time
- • I doubt the authenticity.
- • I can’t seem to make it interesting
- • It is not relevant in the world today.
Bible Study is essential to growth.
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed back and forth, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesian 4:14-15 KJV