Why should we read the Bible?
This month, we are talking about the Word and its importance in our lives. It is the revelation of God to Man about Himself, our sin, and salvation.
Three images come to mind: GPS, a textbook, and a love letter.
Similar to the GPS on your phone, the Bible is a guide for your life, to help you navigate through this sinful world.
Just as you need the right and correct textbook for a given class, the Bible is the Truth, the Word of God, and the basis for how we should think and act (a Life Textbook).
When you get a love letter from someone close in your life, you read it repeatedly and cherish it. The Bible is a love letter from God to you telling you the love story of His rescue of all of mankind.
One of the most important passages that sum up the Word’s role in your life is 2 Timothy 3:12-17.
12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.
People without the truth are “deceiving and being deceived,” they have no basis for truth. The Bible declares that God made the universe, and has revealed Himself through nature (Psalm 19), and through His Word (John 1:1-5, Hebrews 1)
Ask yourself: “Am I being deceived in the area of … sexual preference, my identity, the choices I make, the ideas I believe, what I think is truth?”
There is an enemy, he is as old as the world, and his aim is to deceive you.
“BUT as for you (not evil people), continue in what you have learned (the Scriptures, Gospel, salvation) … knowing from whom you learned it (“Who do you trust?”).
These writings, the Bible, God’s love letter and guide to you, make you wise for salvation (it reveals God to you, a texbook about the Truth of God and the history of the world).
Memory verse for this month(v.16-17):
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Benefits of the Word in your life:
- teaching – What happens in a good classroom with a good teacher? YOU LEARN NEW THINGS John 16:13 When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth (ALL)
- reproof- sharp correction (“NO”) [like training a dog, cat, or a baby]
- correction – [course correction] helps to put you back on the right trajectory
- training in righteousness – The Word makes you more holy, like Christ
- equipped for every good work – John 15:5 apart from Christ, we can do nothing
This doesn’t happen overnight, but it is a lifelong experience and process of becoming holy. Sanctification was Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17:17. “Sanctify them by the truth, Your word is truth.”
- We need the Word to guide us through life.
- We need the Word to tell us what is true about us, God, and the world.
- We need the Word to show and remind us of God’s great love for us.
- John 1:1-18 The Word, Christ, was with and is God.
- Hebrews 1 Jesus, the revelation of God to man
- Matthew 7:24-27 Build on the rock
- What book has impacted you most in your life and why?
- John 1 says that the Word is Jesus. How do you think that works?
- What is a question that you think the Bible doesn’t have an answer for? Let’s prayerfully ask God to help us find an answer together.