7 Reasons a Christian Believer Must Engage In Bible Study
Have you heard people asking questions like, why should a Christian study the bible? Is the church bible study not enough? Is the bible the word of God? Some would love to study the bible but seem not to have the time for it. This article is to give reasons Christian believers MUST do bible study and they are listed in no particular orderThe bible is God's words to mankind. Anybody who cares to study it gets to know more about God, what He thinks and how He thinks and why He thinks the way He does. Also, the bible teaches us how God operates and how to plug into His ways to enjoy all God's blessings and escape destruction. Now, breaking these teachings from the word of God;Why should we study the bible?1. Revelation of our position in ChristThe bible is centred round the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ, from Genesis to Revelation. The scriptures point to the salvation of mankind by Jesus. This was fulfilled in the New Testament. Jesus redeemed man and restored his relationship back to God, restoring him to his original state before the fall. Bible study reveals this to us and teaches us how to gain access to this victory and how we can exercise this triumph only in Christ. Though Satan has dominion over the world, he does not have dominion over the Christians. He only oppresses believers who do not know their authority over him and how to exercise it. Jesus said in Luke 10:19 that he has given you power to trend on serpents and scorpions and over ALL the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.4. Spiritual growthWhat eating of food is to the body is what studying the bible is to spirit. Peter encouraged new believers in 1 Peter 2:2 to desire the sincere milk of the word so they can grow. Also in Hebrews 5:12-14, Paul was rebuking the Hebrews that they ought to have graduated to strong meat from milk. Therefore bible study enables a baby Christian to grow spiritually to become a matured Christian believer. The word of God in your heart keeps you away from sin and causes you to live a victorious life in Christ.5. DirectionYou enjoy divine direction and guidance by studying the bible and doing what it says. The psalmist described the word of God in Psalm 119:105 as a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. Bible study enables you to know what step to take in any situation that will lead you to success and not failure, to life and not death, to victory and not defeat. It is what makes the difference between a blind doubting Christian and a seeing believing Christian.6. Wisdom and understandingThe bible is a bank of wisdom. Through bible study wisdom and understanding are imparted unto Christian believers. The psalmist said in Psalm 119:98-99 that God's words made him wiser than his enemies and gave him more understanding than his teachers. All the wisdom and understanding you need are in the bible but it is through studying the bible that they can be delivered to you.
7. BoldnessMany Christians shy away from talking about Jesus because they do not have word of God in them.