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)
- 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
- To make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (v15)
- For teaching (v16)
- For reproof (v16)
- For correction (v16)
- For training in righteousness (v16)
- Unto spiritual maturity (v17)
- To prepare you for Christian living (v17)
Psalm 119:9-11 :
- To guard our living
- To avoid sinning against God
Titus 1:1 (cf. Romans 10:17)
- For the sake of your faith
- 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.