Why Study the Bible? Lesson Outline

Posted in Teachings on February 16, 2016
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Memory Verses: Proverbs 21:30, Psalm 119:103-105


Why do people the – and what reason should we have for studying the Bible?


  1. 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


  1. 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)

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