Bible study is a free way to invest in your life. When you study the Bible, you will find a book that is a love story. The Bible is not a book that you would find in the fictional section of the bookstore. It is not a book that you will find in the fantasy section. It is not a book that you will find in the self-help section. It is a true story of how “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3.16). It is a book that explains how much God loves man and how far He was and is still willing to go to restore through Jesus the broken relationship with man caused by sin (Isa. 59.2).
When you invite the teachings of God's word into your life through Bible study, you will learn about things such as...
There is a huge gap between the way we think and the way God thinks. We cannot figure out on our own what God desires from us or if He desires anything at all.
Is there anyone who knows exactly what you are thinking without you telling them? The only way to know your thoughts on the best movies, your favorite color, or how you feel about politics, is for you to tell them.
We cannot know what God thinks about anything without Him telling us (Isa. 55.8-10). The Bible is how God communicates His thoughts and ways to us. To know the Bible is to know the mind of God as Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 2.10-13.
Inviting Bible study into your life will teach you about the kind of life God desires for you to live. To live by the commands, principles, and standards of the Bible is to live a life that is enriched with strong and healthy friendships, a happy marriage, and a real sense of purpose.
Why should you engage in regular Bible study?
It is not enough to know the Bible. You have to live by it. Bible study will not only help you to know the mind of God, but to know how to live. When you take the Bible's teachings and invite them into your life, it will teach you how to be more caring, challenge you to be more productive, and compel you to be prepared for the life to come. After all, the Bible is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!
It will tell the story of Jesus that will astound you proving beyond all doubt that “truly this Man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15.39). It will help sort through the doctrines of men (Matt. 15.8,9), and the revealed plan of God, so you can know without question whether or not you are saved.
The apostle Paul impresses upon us the value of studying the Bible. To the young preacher named Timothy, Paul wrote these words: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2.15).
If you break this passage down, you will notice that Paul’s instructions begin with the words “be diligent.” Some translations use the word "study."
If you were to study this carefully, you will discover that the Greek word used and translated as “diligent” is the word “spoudazo.” Looking up this word in a Greek dictionary, you will find this definition:
What Paul is telling Timothy to do, as he is also telling us today, is to make haste, consider something with great urgency. But what are we to consider as urgent?
He continues, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God.” You are to make haste and urgently seek the approval of God. Just as a child wants to have his father’s approval, so you are to seek the approval of your heavenly Father. This approval is not to be sought after casually or whenever you get around to it. You are to seek out the approval of God with great urgency. How can a person have the approval of God?
If you keep reading, it goes on to say, “a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” You can have the approval of God, living the life of a Christian the way He wants you to live, when you put forth great effort and diligence working to rightly divide the word of truth.
What does that mean? When Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17, He is recorded as saying, “Your word is truth” (John 17.17). The word of truth is the word of God -- the Bible.
How do you rightly divide the word of truth, the Bible? It takes regular and consistent Bible study. To understand the Bible the way it was intended, the student needs to study the Bible to...
That's exactly what we will do! Let’s summarize 2 Timothy 2.15: You are to seek out God’s approval with great urgency by studying the Bible to correctly understand what it says. This makes studying the Bible extremely important!
In Matthew 4, you can read about the time when Jesus was being tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days and forty nights, it says that "afterward He was hungry" (Matt. 4.2). It was at that time that the devil tempted Him by commanding that He turns stones into bread. Watch how Jesus responded.
Our lives are to be governed by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We are to know it, understand it, and apply it. So when you study the Bible, you need to ask yourself how this verse, this parable, this subject, can help you to live your life. How can you invite the word of God into your life and apply it to what you do on a day to day basis? It begins with study. It results in application.