(2) Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the Disciple of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.”
This scripture was written by Paul to Timothy. Paul and Timothy were very close friends. In fact, Paul referred to himself as Timothy’s spiritual father. 2 Timothy is the second letter Paul has written to Timothy. The first was much more formal where as this one was less formal and more to the point. Paul’s situation had changed and he was now in prison and knew his time on this earth was coming to an end. Chapter three is a warning to Timothy of those who would be abandoning the faith. The chapter wraps up with Paul reminding Timothy to rely on scripture for everything he needs.
- The Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God that was written over a 1600 year period by approximately 40 men. The time of the writing was from 1500 BC to AD 100
- The Bible is infallible
- The Bible has been translated into more than 2,000 languages.
- Books of the Bible:
Old Testament: 39 books
New Testament: 27 books
Complete Bible: 66 books
The Benefits of Studying the Bible
It will guide you and provide counsel
Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
The first benefit of the Bible is that it will guide you and provide you with counsel. There’s no other book that can give such complete guidance for every life experience. By studying the Word of God daily we are in direct contact with the mind of God. This contact provides assistance in making the best choices for our life. This is especially true when challenges arise in our lives that are outside of our daily routine.
God knows the Future and loves us
Jeremiah 29:11: says; For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Who better to provide guidance and counsel than someone who loves us and knows what is ahead of us? Have you ever been driving down the road and a car coming towards you in the opposite direction flashed head lights at you? What was the driver communicating to you? There’s a police officer ahead of you, so make sure your doing the speed limit. We listen to people who know what’s ahead of us. God knows not only what’s ahead of us, but what’s at every turn and step of the way for the rest of our lives. There is no better guidance and counsel than the Word of God.
See also; Psalm 32:8-9, Psalm 25:9
It will nourish and strengthen
Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”
We get our nourishment which provides us with strength from the food we eat. Jesus commands that we are not to live on bread alone. This is a strong statement since the food we eat helps to sustain our life. The commandment is to be nourished and strengthened by the Word of God.
It stands to reason then; not living on the word of God daily can have a similar effect as that of not eating daily. We can become weak and malnourished.
See also; 1 Peter 1:23
The Bible helps us to be like Jesus and know the mind of God
1 Peter 2:21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
As Christians we are Disciples of Jesus. Our goal is to imitate Him and walk as He walked. He is our example as to how we are to live our life.
Hebrews 12:2 says; Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
How can we be like Jesus unless we study his ways? How can He perfect our faith unless we look to Him through His Word?
The Holy Bible can be a deep and seemingly confusing book to read. But then any book read out of context can be confusing. Who begins reading a novel by starting anywhere other than the beginning? Not only that, don’t you always read the synopsis of the book before reading. In fact, we read that to decide if we want to read the book at all. However, when it comes to the Bible we think its okay to pick it up and read it as standalone verses. While we often derive inspiration from single passages, we don’t get the whole picture or the intended message.
When studying the Bible ask questions such as; who, what, when, where and why
Regardless what scripture you’re reading you need to know the details surrounding the text to put it into proper perspective. Who wrote it and who was it written to? What was going on at the time and why was it written. When we study scripture we should also consider what it meant to its original recipients.
The Bible is filled with a wealth of information and wisdom designed to enrich our lives. The more time you invest in this Book the more benefits you’ll reap from its pages.
Bible Study Method: S.O.A.P
It’s also important to determine how you’re going to study the Bible. Will you be using a store bought study guide or systematically going through book by book? On (of many) methods of studying the Bible is called, S.O.A.P. This is a simple journaling method that can be used to enrich your study time.
S.O.A.P stands for;
Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Below you will find instructions as well as a sample page to use for journaling during your own Bible study.