PURPOSE OF BIBLE STUDY

If we do not learn to study the Bible, we will live our life vicariously through different preachers and evangelist; and we will put our salvation in the hands of another person. Try to do a marriage like that. Try to have a marriage where you get to know your spouse through someone else. Bible Study is a personal relationship with one on one interaction with God - nothing can take it’s place. When we get into it, we will fall in love with the author of this book.

Many of the Reformers were convinced that a person could not truly come to Salvation without the ability to read Holy Scripture, and I would have to agree; especially in a land where worldly pleasures and the Bible are so readily available. Bible study is absolutely essential for Spiritual growth.

(1 Peter 2:2)
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation

We need to study the Bible like a baby needs milk. If you’ve ever had a baby in the house you will know that a baby will not go for very long then it starts to cry and scream for more milk. We should be just like that baby - we should be wanting it - craving it. The fact is, we really can’t grow without it. There are children in third world countries that don’t get the milk they need as an infant and their growth is stunted and they brains are not fully developed. If we don’t study the Word of God, we will have undeveloped spiritual brains and we will stunt our growth with God.

(Hebrews 5:11-14)
11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

We also need solid food, even beyond the pure milk. The author of Hebrews wrote this about 30 - 35 years after the death of Christ. According to the author, this audience should have long been off the milk and into the meat: they should have been teachers by this time.

We often don’t like to dig into the Word. Sometimes, it really steps on spiritual toes; because the Word shines a light on areas of our lives that we really don’t want to change.

We also need to study the Bible for our Spiritual effectiveness.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
16 All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

All Scripture is God breathed, I love that statement. And, Scripture is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training us - this is ALL Scripture. This includes Leviticus, Habakkuk, Deuteronomy. When Y’shua was tempted by Satan, He quoted from Deuteronomy. We have temptations all the time. What if your spiritual success was dependent upon Deuteronomy?

Scripture also make us more useful and effective in God’s Hands. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people say, “I’m praying for guidance”, “I don’t know what God wants me to do”, “I’m just waiting for instruction from God”. In all actuality, the very basis of what God wants us to do is in Scripture; but we miss out on that opportunity because we don’t study it to see what it says.
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