The Word of the Week – The Importance of Bible Study
Thy Word is like a garden, Lord, With flowers bright and fair;
And every one who seeks may pluck A lovely cluster there.
Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine; And jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in its mighty depths For every searcher there.
Thy Word is Like a Garden Lord, Edwin Hodder, 1837-1904
One of the most important aspects (if not the most important aspect) of the Christian’s life is consistent study of the Word of God.
The Psalmist writes, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psalms 1:1-3 NASB).
Though the LORD promises such blessings for those who saturate themselves in His Word, many professing “Christians” rarely, if ever, open their Bibles. Why is this? Though the answer may vary from case to case, it is safe to say that it is certainly not characteristic of a genuine Christian to neglect the study of the Word of God. However, among genuine Christians there may be various reasons as to their neglect. Do you have a genuine desire to study the Word of God?
Bible study should be done in at least three contexts – 1.)Personal 2.)Family and 3.)Church
- Personal – How much time do you spend personally studying the Word of God each day? Set aside a specific time each day for personal Bible study.
- Family – How much time does your family spend studying the Word of God together? Set aside a specific time each day for family devotions.
- Church – Teachers, are you using the time you have allotted for Bible study in your local church to actually be spent studying the Word of God? How many Sunday School Classes have ended up consisting of forty-five minutes of conversation and a hurried five minutes of Bible study? Don’t let the time you have allotted for studying the Word of God to be spent on other things.
Why is it so important for us to study the Word of God? The Word of God is the source of all truth (John. 17:17), the source of blessing (Luke 11:28), the source of spiritual victory (Ephesians 6:17), the source of the message of salvation (Romans 1:16), the source of spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2), and the source of guidance within this life (Psalms 119:105).
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NASB
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