Why Do We Study the Bible?
Next Wednesday, September 26, Wednesday Night Bible study will resume, meeting at 7:15 in the church parlor. We will be studying the Book of Acts, which recounts how the early church was formed following the resurrection of Christ. Several months ago, some of the regular attenders asked about doing a more doctrine-focused study, so we could spend more time on topics like the Holy Spirit, baptism, etc. I don’t like teaching doctrine out of context from the books of the Bible from which we derive the doctrine, so studying Acts with an eye toward doctrine will allow us both to study the book and to consider doctrine.
Bible study is an important discipline for every Christian. In a world that gets busier and more distracting, Bible study, whether weekly at church or regular personal study, is something Christians do less and less. It’s unfortunate.
Christians are “people of the Word.” Our faith is founded in the things spoken by God to his people. In the Old Testament, there are five major covenants between God and others (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David). Each of these covenants were spoken by God. When we come to the New Testament, Jesus is described in John 1 as “The Word made flesh dwelling among us.” God is verbal, and God’s verbal communication has been put on paper for his followers to read and study. Consider this scrip-
ture, which is one of many that encourage Christ’s followers to study the Bible:
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
One does not store up what one does not treasure. The idea here is the deliberate learning and incorporating of God’s Word into one’s life helps keep a person faithful to God.
If you’d like to learn more about your faith, and/or more about the Book of Acts, then please join us on Wednesday at 7:15pm in the church parlor.