Why Study the Bible? Lesson Outline
Memory Verses: Proverbs 21:30, Psalm 119:103-105
- For General Knowledge
* Not necessarily based on belief in the Bible – on any level.
- Are curious about what it teaches
- Want to learn the stories and history
- Want a wider cultural understanding
- Want to improve literacy or academic knowledge
- For Self-Improvement
* Based on a belief in only the principles the Bible contains.
- The Bible is a book of (middle) Eastern wisdom. Contains lessons, principles, and advice that any one can benefit from.
- Even among unbelievers, it’s understood that “good guiding principles” can be found in the Bible.
- Someone who’s read the Bible is a more well-rounded person. Even if someone disagrees with it.
- For Spiritual Growth
* Based on a belief that the Bible is what it claims – God’s very words! (2 Pet. 1:21, 3:15-16)
- The words: law, word, commandment, book, scriptures (and other related terms) are used throughout the Bible. Constantly, the reader is reminded of the importance of God’s words.
- Jesus has the name above all names (Philippians 2:9-11). But God has said that he magnified His word above even his name. (Psalm 138:2). It’s important!
- The more you study, the more you understand. It answers your questions. (2 Tim. 3:16)
- The more you integrate it into yourself, the wiser you become. (Prov. 2:6)
- The more you study, the more enlightened you are. (Ps 119:105)
- Studying what it actually says corrects wrong beliefs! (2 Tim. 3:16)
- Searching (studying) the scriptures is commended: Acts 17:10-11, John 5:39.
- Of course, for someone who is not saved, study of the Bible leads to salvation. (2 Timothy 3:15)