6 Reasons Why You Need to Study the Bible

In a recent article in Christian Headlines, Milton Quintanilla warns about the lack of Bible knowledge in 21st century America. Not just in our country, but in our churches.

Quintanilla quotes Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, the newly elected secretary-general of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), who believes that biblical illiteracy is a growing, troubling trend in the global evangelical church today.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Schirrmacher explained that “beyond all theological differences, financial problems, and political questions”, “our biggest problem is that Bible knowledge is fading away.”

In the Western world, “more and more kids that come from evangelical families are not really rooted in the Bible,” and many end up departing from the faith, he asserted.

Young people, even those claiming to be Christians, Schirrmacher said, “only know about the Bible what they learned from their conversion” instead of growing deeper in biblical knowledge.

“The result is that people know much less and are more … much more open to secularism and strange things like the ‘health and wealth’ gospel,” he added.

Actually, the challenge to know God and His Word is an age-old problem. Jehovah laments through the Old Testament prophet Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

We briefly offer these 6 reasons why you need to grow in your Bible knowledge with added links for your further study.

(1) The Bible is the Word of God.

The Scripture claims to originate from God. Paul affirmed, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17) The word “inspired” means “God-breathed.” It denotes divine activity.

Peter penned that “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pet. 1:20-21). And John claimed that his Revelation came from God through the messenger of an angel (Rev. 1:1-3). Indeed as Batsell Barrett Baxter states, “There is ‘an air of infallibility’ about the writings that make up the Bible.”

(2) The Bible affirms God’s presence in our lives

Some folks falsely claim we don’t need the Bible because we can feel God’s presence in our lives. But how do you know that? Who told you?

The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth” (Ps 145:18)

The Bible teaches us that “eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers” (Ps 34:15; 1 Pet 3:12).

(3) The Bible declares God’s nature.

The goodness and greatness of God is demonstrated through his personality and attributes. God is love. Merciful. Forgiving. Compassionate. And holy. How do we know? The Bible tells us so! (Eph 2:4; Ps 99:9; Isa 55:7-8; Lev 11:44; Ps 86:15)

(4) The Bible reveals how to be saved from sin.

“What must I do to be saved?” This question is asked and answered in the book of Acts. Without the Bible, we know nothing of God’s plan, His purpose in Christ, and His offer of peace and pardon through the cross (Eph. 1-2).

(5) The Bible provides a blueprint for Christian living.

The Greatest Commandment to love God, the 2nd greatest command to love your neighbor and the golden rule would be unknown without the Bible. (Matt 22:37-40; 7:12). Practical guidelines for families, social relationships, and citizenship responsibilities are found in the Bible.

(6) The Bible informs us of our origin, purpose, and eternal destiny.

The Bible tells the story of creation in Genesis, why we are here on earth in Ephesians, and what God has planned for His people for eternity in Revelation. Without it we are groping in darkness and without a clue regarding our purpose.

There are many other important reasons why we need to read and study the Bible. But be assured that the Bible is able to make weak people strong spiritually through a knowledge of Him (Col. 1:9-14).

That’s why the apostle Paul exhorts us to read what God revealed to him through the Holy Spirit so we can understand His will for us (Eph. 3:1-6).

“Therefore do not be unwise {or Biblically illiterate} but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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5 responses to “6 Reasons Why You Need to Study the Bible

  1. Jim Grushon

    Ken, I love the article; II Timothy 3:16-17 has become increasingly important in my study. I, like many, have studies to affirm what I believe rather than reprove what I believe. How many of us actually study to challenge the basis of what we teach. False teaching starts with the idea that I have arrived at understanding therefore reproof is not longer necessary, and then we pass what we have decided on to others. A continual seeking in scripture will change us as we know God more and understand his word better.

  2. Ken,

    Your posts always give me something to think about. From the comments I see how you connect with your readers and encourage them.

    Yesterday’s post was a great lead in for today’s post. People need to be biblically literate to remove their spiritual mask of hypocrisy!

    Scripture does show Jesus being critical of hypocrisy. And I do love how you connect hypocrisy with an « actor » wearing a mask. Actors and robbers wear masks.

    In The Christian Story, The person in the Gospel who was chief of the Pharisees was Simon (Luke 7j. Jesus criticized the Pharisees the most for their hypocrisy. Keeping that in mind…think of the Trial.There in front of Pilate there is Jesus Barabbas…a notorious resistance leader and masked man…a robber.

    Now think of the Cross scene enacted every Easter. There is The Woman clinging to the Cross…a few scenes earlier…there she is at the feet of Jesus under the table …at the conclusion of that scene she goes to tell her story and reveal her relationship to Jesus even though the demons try hard to silence her and control her and her Truth telling.

    How many Christians realize it is their biblical illiteracy and their prejudices that are masking their own Mother and silencing her and keeping her apart form her Bridegroom? In addition many Christians are marching in the streets shouting black lives matter. Yet how many of those same people realize they are completely missing the Mark (Mark 15:21). They are not proclaiming their faith in the Black Jesus or shouting how much the Black Jesus matters. They are not even aware he exists… he lives! They are not clinging to the Cross Simon carries. They are not lifting up Simon the Black Rock as their Father, the other Jesus, the one rejected by the chief builders. By Jove, they are stealing his role and his thunder and giving it to Jesus Barabbas (a.k.a the Rabboni) to keep people from seeing (Simon the Black Rock) as their Lord and the anointing Woman’s Everlasting Bridegroom, her Lord. And how many Christians realize Jesus Barabbas is the Prince of Peace, the Son of the Father, and the prophet the Woman anointed along with Simon?

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