Why the Bible?

What are the Benefits of Reading the Bible?

Why study the Bible?

In 2 Timothy 2:15 we read: "Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." In the next chapter, Paul continues, "All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

The Bible Explains a Life Beyond the Present Reality

Most importantly, the Bible teaches us the way to Salvation from certain death, and how to pursue eternal, abundant life in the Kingdom of God, revealing the great plan of God to redeem mankind and our ultimate destiny in His family. This is the fundamental, unified theme of the Bible, revealing the wondrous and glorious purpose for the creation of every man, woman and child.  

 

The Bible Offers Wisdom for Daily Living

Life is complex and the Bible tells us what makes life work and what doesn’t. The Bible motivates and encourages us to stay on the enlightened course that produces lasting fruit and success. We all need the clarity and incentives that studying the Bible provides to help us navigate through life to avoid the pitfalls, along with the advice to correct wrong decisions. The Bible helps us to rise above the path of least resistance.

 

The Bible Is a Moral Guide

The Bible gives us correction and instruction in the right way of life — the way of giving as opposed to the way of getting. It teaches us about God’s viewpoint of life on many, many things. It helps us to live the way of give which is the key to building and restoring relationships with other people such as marriages and relationships with parents, children and friends we know.

 

The Bible is an Historical Account

The Bible teaches us the history of a people with whom God established a relationship which provides many valuable lessons for everyone. It contains history and also prophecy with foreknowledge of God's intentions for mankind, revelaing God's committment to ultimately bring peace to this earth under Jesus Christ's rule.

  

The Bible is the Word of God

When it comes to building a relationship with our heavenly Father we talk to God through prayer and He talks to us through His word, the Bible. Jesus said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Just as food sustains our physical life God’s word sustains our spiritual life helping us grow in the grace (or graciousness) and knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18).

 

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