A lot of people have read the Bible.
A lot of those people have misunderstood, misused, misquoted and underestimated the power of the words in the Bible.
The Bible has authority that must be understood to be properly used and there are grave consequences for those who don’t do it right.
What Are The Benefits of Studying The Bible?
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
When I went to Bible college, these verses made up the school’s motto, with good reason. It is the very basis of why we have the Bible itself!
The first thing that it tells us is that we have the Bible because God inspired it. If God inspires something, that’s something that we shouldn’t take too lightly, I don’t think.
Why did God inspire the Bible?
Doctrine – This just means we have been given something true that we can base our lives on, not just some man’s opinion.
Reproof – The Bible tells us when we’re wrong.
Correction – The Bible tells us what to do about it.
Instruction in righteousness – The Bible tells us how to live the right away instead of the wrong way.
Perfect – We have our completion in Jesus Christ, not in ourselves.
Good works – Our teaching has practical application that follows the heart and mind of God.
The Bible is thick and it isn’t easy to understand the whole thing, especially if you don’t put the time and effort into looking at it with a proper perspective of scriptural, cultural and historical context!
Simply put, if you don’t study the Bible, you won’t know right from wrong.
Are you excited to learn how to study the Bible?