Why Study the Bible?

The Bible is the most printed and read book in history. More evidence exists to confirm the Bible than to confirm any other ancient historical documents. God’s Word can change your heart and transform your life. The Bible wasn’t written to be merely history or a piece of great literature. It is meant to be read with both the mind and heart. God loves you and wants you to love him.

Reasons to Study with Your Mind and Heart

To know God—God created the heaven and the earth and everyone in it. (Genesis 1-3)

To enjoy and love God—Meditate on God’s character, principles, and promises. Rejoice in his love, care, and forgiveness. (Psalm 119:12-18, 160-162; 1 Timothy 6:17)

To know God’s Word—The Scriptures were inspired by God. They teach us the truth and show us what is wrong in our lives. They straighten us out. (2 Timothy 3:16)

To understand the Word—Jesus is called the Word because he is the ultimate communication from God. He existed from the beginning with God, he is God, and he created everything. He said that those who have seen him have seen the Father. (John 1:1-3; 10:30; 12:44, 45; 14:7-9)

To learn direction in life—The Bible shows us what to do. (Psalm 119:11)

To find comfort and hope—The Scriptures give us encouragement. (Romans 15:4)

To let God expose our innermost thoughts and desires—His Word helps us see ourselves as we really are and convicts us of sin so that we repent and change. (Hebrews 4:12-16)

To become pure and holy—Jesus prayed this for all believers that they would be set apart for God and his holy purposes. (John 17:17-23)

To obey the Great Commandment—The more we know God, the more we can love him. The Great Commandment is to love God with all of our being and our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). And Jesus gave us a new commandment to love one another (John 13:34-35).