The 9 Most Important Reasons to Study the Bible

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Q: I’ve said the sinner’s prayer and have started going to church on Sundays. Isn’t that enough? Why do I need to study the Bible?

A: Reading the Bible is an invitation to walk alongside God’s people in Scripture and meet an awe-inspiring God. God invites us to have an intimate relationship with him. Through the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, we get to know a loving, compassionate, graceful, stern, holy, and just God. Knowing God is a life-long journey. It is not an easy journey—as Israel’s journey through the wilderness, for example, shows, or Paul’s ministry in the book of Acts. However, God has promised to be with us through the journey: “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Ex. 33:14), and “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

Traveling through the Bible is similar to visiting a foreign, exotic country. Many things are familiar, while many others seem too strange for us to understand them. However, the experience leaves us transformed. Reading the Bible is a transformative experience. Gradually, the Holy Spirit renews our inner beings so we mature and grow in grace before God and other people. Sometimes on this journey we will face opposition and setbacks. Don’t be discouraged; remember and be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).

Let me give you 9 reasons why you need God’s Word in your life:

  1. To know God. God created the heaven and the earth and everyone in it (Gen. 1–3). To know God is to have eternal life (John 17:3).
  2. To enjoy and love God. Meditate on God’s character, principles, and promises. Rejoice in his love, care, and forgiveness (Ps. 119:12–18, 160–162; 1 Tim. 6:17).
  3. To know God’s Word. The Scriptures were inspired by God. They teach us the truth and show us what is wrong in our lives. They straighten us out (2 Tim. 3:16).
  4. To understand the Word. Jesus is called the Word because he is the ultimate communication from God. He existed from the beginning with God, he is God, and he created everything. He said that those who have seen him have seen the Father
    (John 1:1–3; 10:30; 12:44, 45; 14:7–9).
  5. To learn direction in life. The Bible shows us what to do (Ps. 119:11).
  6. To find comfort and hope. The Scriptures give us encouragement (Rom. 15:4).
  7. To let God expose our innermost thoughts and desires. God’s Word helps us see ourselves as we really are and convicts us of sin so that we repent and change (Heb. 4:12–16).
  8. To become pure and holy. Jesus prayed this for all believers that they would be set apart for God and his holy purposes (John 17:17–23).
  9. To obey the Great Commandment. The more we know God, the more we can love him. The Great Commandment is to love God with all of our being and our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:29–31). And Jesus gave us a new commandment to love one
    another (John 13:34–35).

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