Did you know that roughly 50% of Americans are bible users, but of that 50% only 14% of them read their Bible daily outside of church?Barna Group,2018
That’s a lot of Bibles collecting dust on the shelf. And apps not being opened.
But what exactly is the bible and why is it an important part of every believers life?
Today we will be exploring the importance of reading and studying your bible as part of the building a firm foundation series.
What is the Bible?
According to scripture the Bible is the inspired word of God that was written by 40 different authors over a period of roughly 1,500 years.
It consists of 66 books that are divided into the Old and New Testament.
The Old Testament consists of 39 books and mainly consists of the history of God’s chosen people the Israelites.
The New Testament consists of 27 books and covers the life and death of Jesus, the History of the church, letters on Christian living, and the return of Christ.
The Old and New Testament work together to help us understand who God is, why Jesus came, and how we can grow in our relationship with Him.
The Bible is our instruction manual.
Why Is It Important To Read And Study Your Bible?
1. The Bible Is Our Guide
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”(2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).
In short, the Bible is our instruction manual on how we should live and relate to God, fellow Christians, unbelievers, and the world around us.
It’s also serves as our moral compass and exposes sin in our life.
Psalms 119: 15 says.” Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
But don’t we have Pastors and preachers whose job it is to teach us the word of God?
Yes, that is part of their job to teach us the word of God but we are also expected to read and study on our own.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15
We can not rightly divide (understand) the word of truth if we are not studying the bible for ourselves.
2. The Bible Teaches Us How To Relate to Others
The bible gives us clear instructions on how to relate to our friends, family members, neighbors, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
You can find scriptures about:
- Marriage: Ephesians 5:23-25, 1 Peter 3:7, Mark 10:9
- Parenting: Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 22:6
- Fellow Believers: Hebrews 10:24-25. Ephesians 4:2-3, Matthew 5:23-24
These are just a few scriptures that cover these important topics. You can also find scriptures on being single, prayer, finances,etc.
3.The Bible Teaches Us How To Relate to God.
One of the most important things in the life of a believer is their relationship with God.
Without that relationship you are just going through the motions of Christianity and creating a false foundation, built on the cornerstone of religion.
God desires to have a genuine relationship with each and every one of us. All he requires of us is to:
- Have faith in Him
- And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, ESV)
- Praise Him
- I will praise the LORD, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever (Psalm 145:21, NLT).
- Live our lives according to His word
- Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2, NASB)
4.The Bible Gives Us Hope and Strength
When we become rooted and grounded in the word of God it becomes a source of hope and strength when we face various trials and hardships in life.
Suddenly the scriptures become more than just words on a page. We really believe and trust what they say because we know that God is faithful and will keep his promises to us.
- The Lord is like a strong tower; those who do right can run to him for safety. (Proverbs 18:10, NCV).
- But the Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the Evil One. ( 2 Thessalonians 3:3, NCV)
- And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose…What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:28,31, NASB)
Take on a new meaning when we find ourselves struggling with life’s issues.
But because of our faith in Christ and in the word of God we don’t panic. Instead, we put our faith and hope in him.
5. The Bible Prevents Us From Being Tricked
The Apostles warned us that there would be false prophets and people that will twist the gospel of Christ for their own gain.
However, if you’re not reading the Bible on your own how will you be able to distinguish the truth from the lie?
This is how the devil convinced Eve to eat the fruit in the Garden of Eden.
He didn’t tell her some outlandish lie he just twisted the truth a little bit to make her question God’s instructions.
This led her into sin and separated herself, her husband, and the rest of humanity from God.
Not only should we be reading the word of God, but we should also be studying it.
As we study the word of God we gain a better understanding of the scriptures and what they mean.
It’s very easy to take a solitary verse and misinterpret it because we’re not using it or applying it in the right context.
For example, people say that money is evil or that having money is a sin.
They often quote 1 Timothy 6:10 as their source.
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil …but this verse does not say that money is evil, but that the love of money is a source of evil.
If you read the scripture further it explains why:
And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows (NLT).
These are my top 5 reasons why reading and studying the word of God daily are important in building a firm foundation for every believe to be able to stand on.
Everything that we need to live a life pleasing to God can be found in the Bible.
It is important that we take the time out to not just read the word, but to be doers of the word as well.
Jesus said to his followers,
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”Matt 7:24-25,NIV
Not only does your foundation have to be built on your faith in Jesus Christ. It must also be built on the word of God.
If you would like more information on ways to study the Bible please click here.
If your interested in memorizing scripture check out this post on 13 Easy Memory Verses for New and Not So New Believers .
If you missed the previous post in the series click here to catch up.
Now it’s your turn to share.
What is your biggest hindrance when it comes to reading and studying the Bible? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section.
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Stay tuned next week for our next topic in the series on the importance of prayer.
Until Next Time,