Dear People of God,
“But Why Should I Attend a Bible Study?”
Our mission as a congregation is “LOVE the Savior and our surrounding community, to EQUIP God’s people for ministry (to nurture and strengthen God’s people so that we can …), SHARE the Good News of Jesus with each other and our community.” We do that in many ways. One of the most important is through a vigorous study of God’s Word. Does that characterize your life? Through a study of God’s Word, I discovered that the Bible offers at least ten good reasons why a follower of Jesus Christ would want to study the Bible and attend a Bible class – and my last week’s column listed the first five: 1) the Bible provides food for growth; 2) God’s Word shines a light into a dark, sinful world; 3) the Holy Scriptures are loved by God’s people; 4) the Word of God is powerful in its effect; and 5) Holy Scriptures blesses those who read it. This week I share the final five reasons should want to study the Bible and attend Bible Class:
- God’s Word purifies lives.
The Psalmist asked, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” He answered: “By living according to your word” [Ps. 119:9]. Any better reason to attend Bible class?
- The Bible is imperative for seeking to live life according to God’s way.
Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter: “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” [3:16-17]. If you aren’t com-pletely equipped, that is, mature at this point in your life, you are a good prospect for a Bible Class – and if you think you are mature, you are also a good candidate for Bible study, for we never outgrow God’s Word!
- The Scriptures offer hope.
St. Paul put it this way: “For everything that was written in the past was written to encourage us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of Scriptures we might have hope” [Romans 15:4]. If we want to increase hope in our lives and in the lives of others, we need to increase the Word in our hearts and minds! Bible class is a great setting in which to have that met by the Word.
- The Bible authenticates the divinity of Jesus Christ.
The gospel writer John said that Jesus did many miracles which he did not record in His book, but he was quick to add: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” [John 20:31]. The study of the Word is intended to help us develop a deeper relationship with Christ. And this leads to the final point:
- God’s Word gives knowledge of eternal life.
John wrote in his first Epistle, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may have eternal life” [5:13]. Do you have the absolute confidence that when you die you will go to heaven? Spending time in God’s Word will grant you that great assurance!
Ten great reasons to attend Bible Class, don’t you agree? I mention them because I am concerned that as a congregation we have not grown in our study of God’s Word. We gather to study the Word on Sunday morning and during the week. I want to encourage all of you to spend at least one hour in worship and one hour in Bible Study on Sunday, and to study God’s Word on a regular basis during the week! The Word needs to be implanted in us so that it will not be taken from us!