If you’re a part of my community or have been following me for awhile, you know that I love God’s Word. Studying the Bible excites me. I talk a lot about the Bible and what God is teaching me, but I wanted to share with you why it’s important that we all study the Bible on our own and why we should get excited about it.
It’s important that we study the Bible because it’s God’s written Word to us and the primary way He speaks to us.
If we want to grow in our faith, studying the Bible is foundational. Many people around the world do not have access to the Bible, but if you are reading this post, I’m gonna assume you do! So, start reading and studying the Bible online through one of the apps or websites I recommend (visit the link below) and if you can afford it, invest in a study Bible. All scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), living and active (Hebrews 4:12). Learning what messages God has spoken through Scripture for all people, for all time is exciting and it has eternal impact on our lives!
Side note: Do your research on translations. Some are more trusted than others and some are just paraphrases. Check out this post to learn more.
It’s important that we study the Bible to grow in wisdom and discernment.
The world is a confusing place… even the church can be! Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” In other words, as Christians, we are not meant to lean on and live by our own ideas and opinions, we are meant to trust in God’s way and that His way is the best way. We grow in our godly understanding (AKA wisdom and discernment) through studying the Bible. The more we study the Bible, the more we grow in true wisdom, and the better we can discern what’s right and wrong in a world where it’s not always clear.
It’s important that we study the Bible to grow in our love for God and our love for others.
God’s greatest commandment has remained true since the Old Testament, but Jesus reiterates it in Matthew 22:37-38 ESV, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” God’s #1 commandment, the most important, our starting point, is to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. We grow in our love for God through prayer, worship, and studying the Bible. The second commandment flows from our love for God. The better we know His love, the better we can love others in the way Christ loves us.
I hope this post helped you understand better why we study the Bible. We don’t just study the Word of God to gain knowledge and go about our normal lives. It should change us. It should cause us to live and think differently.
The Creator of the universe wants to speak to you through His written Word—He wants to bless you with His love, gifts of knowledge and discernment, and so much more. This is exciting! Bible study is never boring when we ask God to use it to grow us and transform our lives. Pray daily for wisdom, study His Word, and memorize it. Experience how He speaks through Scripture and will grow You in ways only He can. <3
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