The more I read the Bible the more I trust it. The more I read the Bible the more I am impressed by its internal consistency. The more I read the Bible the more I sense my acute need for this Book. Like spiritual food for my soul, this Book nourishes me.
Over the years I have noticed that my proximity to God, the health of my relationship with Christ, tends to correspond with the amount of attention I am giving to the Scriptures. For this reason, I regard the study of Scripture to be vital to the health and progress of every follower of Jesus.
I think the apostle Paul agrees. In his last known correspondence to Timothy, there is a distinct emphasis on the Word of God. First, Paul challenges Timothy,
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
And then, speaking about the nature of this word, Paul writes:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
- Know the Word
- Trust the Word
- Apply the Word
Additionally, I note some of the things that threaten to keep us from doing these things. I note the practical value of knowing, trusting, and applying the Word, but I also offer a personal incentive for studying the Bible. The illustration I use to present this latter incentive is deeply personal, but I hope you’ll find it both appropriate and compelling. Have a listen and let me know what you think.
God still speaks through His Word. His Word remains relevant, authoritative, and sufficient. That’s speaking generally.
Allow me to be more specific: I’m confident that, as you prayerfully study the Scriptures, you’ll find that God has something meaningful to say to you.