Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

Why Study The Bible?

Tonight we would like to study a very basic question. An idea that is most essential to anyone who seeks to know God. Why Study The Bible? Most religious people today may be aware of certain concepts or verses, but do not seem to have a desire to truly read and study God's Word. Many times on this program we encourage our viewers to get their Bibles out and follow along with the verses we are referring to so you will not be simply accepting our word, but rather you will read exactly what God expects of you. We encourage you to do the same tonight as we explore the question, Why Study The Bible?  

1. To be approved of God - 2 Timothy 2:15

2. To establish and increase our faith - Romans 10:17John 20:30-31

3. To receive food for the soul - 1 Peter 2:1-2Hebrews 5:12-14

4. To obtain freedom from guilt - John 8:31-32; 1 Peter 1:22

5. To see God's view of ourselves - James 1:21-25

6. To know how we should walk in this life - Psalm 1:1-3Proverbs 3:5-6Jeremiah 10:23

7. To arm ourselves for hardships - Romans 15:4; Isaiah 40:28-31

8. To be able to comfort and edify others - Colossians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:14

9. To view all of God's good works - 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3, Psalm 33:6-9

10. To be capable workmen - Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 3:15

11. To safeguard against error - Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1

12. To discern between good and evil - Hebrews 5:14

13. To be wise - Psalm 19:7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

14. To be able to teach others - 1 Timothy 4:12-16; 2 Timothy 2:2

15. To obtain light and understanding - Psalm 119:130

16. To be purified and sanctified - John 15:3; 17:17Psalm 19:7

17. To more fully obey God - Romans 12:1-2

18. To be strengthened and encouraged - Acts 20:32Romans 15:4

19. To be saved eternally - 2 Timothy 3:15James 1:21

20. To know the standard - John 12:48Revelation 20:12

All of the passages we have read tonight show us that studying the Bible is the only way to know what God wants us to do so that we might have forgiveness of our sins and be able to look forward to eternal life in Heaven. To sum up our program tonight and answer our question, Why Study The Bible?, one more time let's read 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

If you are not a Christian tonight, please read what happened in Acts chapter 2 (Acts 2:36-42). We want to help you in any way we can. Contact us for Bible studies, by telephone, e-mail, or simply come to one of our assemblies. We also hope to see you next time on "Speaking The Truth In Love" in two weeks on August 4 when we hope to study "The Kingdom Of God".