I wonder, how many of you study the Bible?
I never really understood the importance of Bible study until I joined one about 5 years ago.
I was raised going to Sunday school and church. And as an adult, I have attended church, off and on, at different times in my life.
At one point, I was even the Sunday school superintendent, at a small church that I attended in Massachusetts.
But it wasn’t until I started going to a woman’s Bible study at my church, that I realized just how little I understood the Bible.
Sunday school lessons and church services are important and you do learn the different Bible stories and how Christians should behave.
But, Bible study breaks down the different books of the Bible and gives you an in depth look into the scriptures. You study the different passages, answer thought provoking questions and discuss each lesson with a group of ladies that help bring new insight and perspective to the Word.
This is more than just a time to fellowship with other Christian woman. It is a time to share, encourage, and love one another as we dig deep into the written word. It is a time to build a closer relationship with the Heavenly Father. It is a time to ask Him to clear our hearts and minds to receive His word and to speak to us through this time of study and to show us what it is that He wants us to get from that day’s lesson.
Here is what the Bible says about studying the written word:
Psalm 119:105 ESV
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Matthew 4:4 ESV
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
1 Timothy 4:5-6 ESV
For it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
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 competent, equipped for every good work.
In conclusion, if we love God and want to obey Him, we must study His word so that we know what to obey.
If we don’t study the Bible, how will we discern what His will for each of us is?