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?  Occasionally I’ve had members ask me, “But why should I study the Bible?  Why should I attend a Bible Class?”  I’ve thought about that a lot lately, especially as a new school year is underway.  As a result, I’ve decided to study the Scriptures myself and find out how God answers the question, “Why …?”  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 column today and next week will list those ten good reasons:

  1. The Bible provides food for spiritual growth.

Jeremiah expressed it best: “When your words came, I ate them, they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty” [15:16].  Because Jeremiah knew he belonged to God, he received God’s Word with great joy, for it nourished his faith and life.

  1. God’s Word shines a light into a dark, sinful world.

      The Psalmist said it so well: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” [119:105].  Peter, in his second Epistle added this thought: “And we have the word the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” [1:19].

  1. The Holy Scriptures are loved by God’s people.

Do you agree with the Psalmist when he wrote: “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of silver pieces of silver and gold” [119:72].  If you do, I believe you will be in Bible Class next Sunday!

  1. The Word of God is powerful in its effect.

God’s Word is described as a devouring flame, a crushing hammer, a life-giving force, a saving power, an offensive weapon, and a probing instrument.  Hebrews 4:12 teaches us that the “word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  However, it can’t do its work if we refuse to open the Book and study it carefully!

  1. Holy Scriptures blesses those who read it.

Who can forget the words of Jesus to the woman who said to him: “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”  He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it [Lk. 11:28].  Hearing the word in faith and repenting is the purpose of Bible study.

So far, five great reasons to attend a Bible Study, don’t you agree?  Next week, I will list the next five.  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!

Pastor Hank