September 15, 2019 - Why Read Your Bible? (You Might Be Doing It Wrong)


"The Bible is the Word of God recorded in a collection of books that reveals God and His redemptive story." (Chad Gouin)

We need to approach the Word of God in a fundamentally God-centered way instead of a man-centered way.

What Question Did Jesus Ask More Than Any Other Question?

Have you not read? (Matthew 12:3, 12:5, 19:4, 22:31; Mark 12:10, 12:26; Luke 6:3)

Reasons to Read the Bible

  • Because God is speaking. (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16a; Matthew 19:4-5; Genesis 2:24)
God please speak to me comic
  • To know Jesus, especially as Savior. (John 20:30-21; 2 Timothy 3:15; John 5:39-40; Luke 24:25-27)
  • Making Connections
    • God's self revelation
    • Redemptive History
  • For Fuel for Worship (Romains 11:33-36; Matthew 14:22-33 (esp. v33); Matthew 29:8-9

"We can't worship God beyond our understanding of Him." (Pastor Chad Gouin)

Only a God as "big" as the God of the Bible is worthy of your worship; knowing God as he is will draw forth worship from you.

  • Because it's profitable or useful

2 Timothy 3:15-17

  1. To make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (v15)
  2. For teaching (v16)
  3. For reproof (v16)
  4. For correction (v16)
  5. For training in righteousness (v16)
  6. Unto spiritual maturity (v17)
  7. To prepare you for Christian living (v17)

Psalm 119:9-11 :

  1. To guard our living
  2. To avoid sinning against God

Titus 1:1 (cf. Romans 10:17)

  1. For the sake of your faith
  2. To know the truth
  • Because it's Effective (Isaiah 55:10-11)
God's Word always accomplishes God's purpose
For Further Consideration
Read Psalm 119 and look for the attitude, heart, mindset, and posture of the Psalmist toward God's Word.
  • What does this reveal about the value of the Word of God to the people of God?
  • Ask for God to give you grace by making you more like the Psalmist in your posture toward the Bible.
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