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Why Study the Bible? - - -

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As Christians, we study the Bible for the reasons given below.

Jesus tells us to teach the whole world to observe all that He commanded us.  We must first study the Bible to learn what He has commanded us and then pass it on to others.  And Jesus came and said to them --
    All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20/ESV)

Jesus tells us that His Word will endure forever.  That makes it imperative for us to know His Word if we are to live with Him forever. --
    Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33/ESV)

Jesus tells us that we study the Bible to learn how all Scripture witnesses to Him.  We must first study the Bible to learn who He is, to believe in (i.e., be committed to) Him, and to know and abide in Him. --
    You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (John 5: 39-40/ESV)

Jesus tells us that His Law will endure until the completion of His mission in the end times.  We must study to learn what He means by that to know what we are to obey. --
    For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18/ESV)

Jesus commands us to teach the Law.  We must study to learn His commands to know what we are to obey. --
    Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19/ESV)


How to Study the Bible - - -

Small group of people sitting around studying the Bible.The Bible clearly indicates that there is a teaching ministry and an obligation for us individually and communally to learn the Word of God.  Many Old Testament and New Testament passages tell us both that we are to study individually and in small groups including the family, and that we are to study in large groups.  Jesus' entire ministry was one of teaching, preaching, healing, and praying.  We learn about teaching and learning in many Old Testament books: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Hosea, and Malachi.  We have many New Testament instances of the teaching mission of the disciples.  Jesus is with us when we read, study, and discuss His Word.  We get to know Jesus and His Father when we read, study, and discuss His Word.

Many Old Testament and New Testament passages tell us both that we are to study individually and in small groups including the family, and that we are to study in large groups.  Jesus' entire ministry was one of teaching, preaching, healing, and praying.  The book Acts of the Apostles records sermons of Peter and Paul, their teaching activities, and the preaching and teaching activities of other disciples.  The Epistles discuss teaching.  However, Scripture is largely silent about the specifics of how it should be carried out.  There are both commands and hints in Scripture that tell us all to listen to Scripture, and tell our ministers and lay people to teach, read, listen, and learn.  There are references to teaching and learning Scripture in antiquity before Jesus, during His ministry, and during the growth of the early Church.  There are many hints as to learning individually, in small groups, and in large groups.  Those hints may be seen in the many verses cited below.


One Way How to Study the Bible in Small Groups - - -

The leader develops, edits, and reproduces a paper which is a collection of notes and related Scripture passages organized by topic.  That paper is a bit like the leader's book report sharing knowledge and spiritual value gained and how it may apply in our lives.  The group uses this paper as a vehicle for mutual sharing of knowledge about Scripture and its application to our lives.  The group shares and discusses what they have learned - critiquing, asking questons about, and offfering observations.  We shall share what participants have learned in their life experiences.  The idea is to follow the example of studying together as recorded by Luke in Acts about the diligence with which the Jews in Berea studied the Scriptures to understand the Gospel:
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11/ESV).

The Bereans clearly knew that they could verify the Gospel message of Jesus by reading the Old Testament and not just taking the word of Paul and Silas for granted.  Rather, they did what C.S. Lewis wrote centuries later in his Reflections on the Psalms about his writing:  I am comparing notes, not presuming to instruct.  There should be interactive sharing of knowledge, what the group wants to learn about, and issues that group participants are concerned about.  The group shares what problems we face in life and with understanding Scripture.  There is no right or wrong way to interpret Scriptural passages as long as we are comparing them with other Scripture.  By reading them in the light of other Scripture and understanding them we get our own personal treasure.


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