The Bible is a big book, and I admit that it can be an intimidating read for both the novice and an experienced reader. Like yourself, I often stumble upon church members that are not involved in a group Bible study like a home group or Sunday School class. Although they will sometimes say that they can study the Bible on their own, most likely they are not studying it by themselves either.
What a small group leader sometimes lacks though is a compelling argument for why someone should study the Scripture at all.
Today we are going to look at three good reasons why you should study the Bible. Tomorrow we will look at some reasons why a person should be involved in some type of small group Bible study.
Now, aside from studying your Bible because you know you ought to or because your parents told you that you should; here are three practical reasons for studying God’s Word that I picked up recently from pastor Perry Noble.
1) You will know God’s will. Romans 12:2 states that we can prove what the will of God is through the transformational renewing of our mind. Studying the Bible renews your mind. Knowing God’s will comes from learning to think like God thinks. Learning to think like God thinks comes from studying and learning His Word – the Bible.
2) You’ll be successful. Joshua 1:8 says it plainly, “… you will be prosperous and successful”. One of the ideas we need to flush from Christian thought is that the more miserable and unsuccessful you are, then more godly you must be. God is interested in your success! And how do you get success… by studying and meditating on Scripture.
3) You will overcome. Nobody, and I mean nobody has an easy time going through this earthly life. No one! The philospher Philo said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is locked in a great battle.” Let’s face it, life is hard and it is full of disappointments and heartache. But studying and applying God’s Word to our life gives us hope and encouragement. Philippians 1:6 tells us that God is not done with us, that He has a great work to accomplish in us. This period of disappointment or heartache is only for a season. God uses this time to mold us into a more godly person, and to strengthen our faith. He may not remove the challenge, but He will walk us through it.
So the next time you bump into someone that “doesn’t get the need for Bible study”, here are three great reasons to help persuade them to give God’s Word a try!
Action Item: Share these three reasons for Bible study with your group some time soon. I can almost guarantee that you have someone in your group that is in doubt or going through some personal difficulties.