TITLE: READING THE BIBLE TEXT: John 5: 39
“The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades everything that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.” Napoleon, Emperor of the French (1804-1814), 1769-1821
“I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s word because it finds me where I am. I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, 1809-1865
“We must not build on the sands of an uncertain and ever-changing science…but upon the rock of inspired Scriptures.” Sir Ambrose Flemming, British electrical engineer and inventor, 1849-1945
Q: from the following verses, why should we read the Bible?
a) Eph 2:8
b) b) Heb 11:6
c) Rom 10:17
d) John 20: 31
e) 1Peter 1: 22-23
f) John 3: 3-5
g) Hos 4:6-7
h) Acts 20: 29-32
i) I Cor 10:11-12
j) Rom 15:4
k) Ps 1: 1-3
l) Ps 119: 165, 92-93
Achieving our normal goals in life requires diligence and time (Jam 4:14). Reading the Bible, understanding it, meditating upon it and benefiting from it takes time. Salvation is free but to benefit from God’s word, you have to pay the price (time).
How to Benefit from Bible reading:
1) Time: decide to read the Bible; make time to read the Bible. You will have time if you want to have time.
2) Set an achievable goal (there are 260-chapters in the NT – can be covered within a year).
3) Ps 119: 18 – begin each reading session with prayer. Away from any distraction, read it slowly, gently and carefully. You don’t have to understand everything the first time. Read out aloud – as if you were reading to someone else.
4) Bible study aids:
- Have a good referenced Bible – complete old and new testament, middle reference, glossary, etc
- Notebook to write down what(words, verses) you understand and what you don’t; serves as motivation for further study when you see how far you’ve gone.
- Cross-check Bible – references (example)
- Bible dictionary, concordance, multi-version if available
5) Share what you read with others in a discussion
6) Read to know what God wants and how to apply what you read practically.
Psalm 119: 10
7) End your Bible reading with Prayer.
8) Let it be the first thing you read in the morning and the last before you sleep at night.
Why should we read the Bible?
- The Bible is the Power of God to save us(by grace Eph 2:8) and through our faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God – Heb 11:6
- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17
- We are saved by Faith John 20: 31; we become born again: 1Peter 1: 22-23, John 3: 3-5
- We are kept saved by a continual reading of the word of God: Hos 4:6-7, Acts 20: 29-32; I Cor 10:11-12;
- The Bible comforts us and gives us hope: Rom 15: 4
- The Bible gives us happiness: Ps 1: 1-3
- It gives us an inner peace : Ps 119: 165, 92-93