(This is part one of a 7-part series.)
When considering statistics in printed literature, no publication can come close to matching the Bible. It is the most printed, most quoted, and the most recognized book in human existence. However, it is also one of the least read books in many Christian households. When one considers that the Bible is the centerpiece of the Christian faith – the divinely inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God – that fact appears to run counter to logic. As counter-intuitive as this may be, there are several reasons for this unfortunate fact.
Many Christians view reading the Bible as an intimidating endeavor; the sheer size of the text, written in a grammatical style that can be confusing at times, is enough to prevent them from making the attempt. This is typically rationalized with a question such as, “why should I read the Bible myself, when my Pastor reads it to us every Sunday?” This issue will be dealt with specifically later in the chapter.
For others, the Bible is an archaic text possessing little relevance to the moral and ethical issues confronting Christians in our modern culture. In a culture embracing varying degrees of moral relativism, the absolute standards imposed by God can appear to be “out of sync” and intolerant. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth, but that fact goes unnoticed when time isn’t taken to become acquainted with the text.
There are numerous reasons to study the Bible regularly, the most obvious of which is God: it’s His message, His story, His commands, His promises, and His means by which Salvation becomes available to faithful Christians who believe in Him. The seven reasons provided in this series represent a starting point, and serve to have the most significant impact in our daily lives.
Reason #1: The Word of God leads to FAITH
So then faith comes by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.
~ Romans 10:17 ~
Walk into any retail bookstore and you’ll find no shortage of self-help publications on any topic of interest. They typically follow the same general premise: to show you how you can change yourself, and how you can make improvements in your life. While a few of these publications may provide superficial value, the majority don’t accomplish the task, as most readers can’t summon up the power to create real and lasting change in their lives.
The Bible isn’t a self-help book. It’s the divinely inspired and authoritative Word of God, containing an infinite amount of power, and written by the God with the power to create everything. The power of God contained within the pages of the Bible – tangible, palpable, and accessible – activates faith within any reader with the ears to hear His message. Whether meditating on God’s Word when reading the Bible, or sharing His Gospel aloud to an unreached population, the power flowing through His word leads to the activation of faith.
I pray that the Holy Spirit guides you in your studies, and brings you to a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day.