Just what is the point of Bible study?
Is it just something we feel guilty about when we neglect it, or is there a purpose to do it? And if Bible study's as good for you as people say, does why you do it actually matter?
Here are five reasons: some good, some less than good, for working with the Word.
1.“You must study the Bible because Jesus said so!”
Yes, but that doesn’t actually help you get over the day to day distractions and diversions that come between you and your Bible. Worse, it makes you even more aware of what you’re missing out on.
2.“To understand the Bible's impact on your world.”
Again, yes, but that’s not going to actually change anything for you. You might get just as much 'understanding' from spending your time with Aristotle’s works on ethics, Adam Smith's on economics or Einstein's on relativity.
Better Reasons for Getting Into Your Bible
3. “So you can better explain the Bible to others.”
True, but the most effective Bible sharers are the ones that live the Bible rather than talk it, and that’s where Bible study can really help you; in your personal witness.
4. “To help your defence against false teaching.”
The Best Reason For Bible Study Is You!
5. “Prayerful study opens up the Bible for you.”
And that’s prayerful study; which is a great thing. It’s like reading a book and having the author on hand to question and to give advice.
So Whether you want to study your Bible:
- • Privately or in a Small Group, if you want to follow a
- • DVD Based Bible Teaching Course,
- • Use a One Year Daily Study Bible, or
- • Popular Daily Study Notes Series, want
- • Specially Written Bible Notes For Men
- • Specially Written Bible Notes for Women,
- • Bible Commentaries,
- • 'For Everyone' New Testament Guides, or just an
- • Overview of Study Methods available, there are
- • Bible Study Helps for you.
And now - with your reasons sorted and clear, you'll enjoy exploring, finding and using the ones that suit you best.
April 27th, 2013 - Posted & Written by Les Ellison