5 Reasons to Study the Bible Systematically
Studying the Bible systematically - Your reactions to this concept may range from excitement to intimidation. Here are 5 reasons why you should give it a try.
What do I mean by studying the Bible systematically?
- Study with intention: Study to know God and follow Him. Have a plan.
- Study chronologically: Study through the Bible in the order the events took place.
- Study inductively: Learn how to study the Bible with the trusted “Observation, Interpretation, and Application” Bible study method.
Don’t worry; studying the Bible systematically is not dry and it doesn’t have to be hard either. It can take effort but it will yield incredible fruit.
Here are 5 compelling reasons why you should study the Bible systematically.
1. It’s worth the effort.
If you learned all the right strategies to best understand Shakespeare in your high school English class, how much more should you be motivated to apply the same methods and efforts to the Bible?!
The Bible is the Word of God, and thereby the most precious collection of words a believer will ever find. It’s our source for guidance, encouragement, and spiritual growth. It contains everything we need to live a life of righteousness.
Don’t you want to be extra careful to be sure you are interpreting it well? Aren’t you excited to dig deep and get the most out of your Bible time? It’s certainly well worth the effort.
2. Dig deeper = get more out of it.
When you search Scripture with intention, you’ll understand it so much better than when you merely give it a cursory glance.
You’ll find very quickly that studying Scripture systematically will revolutionize your time in the Word. Do more than check “read the Bible” off your to-do list. When you dig deep and see the big picture at the same time, you’ll find so much applicable and encouraging truth in Scripture, you’ll set your whole day up for joy and focus on the Lord.
3. Understand what the author is saying.
The Bible is the most important book you’ll ever read because it is inspired by God. Make sure you understand what it means!
The Bible was written a long time ago in a different culture and it has been translated into English. It’s not always the easiest to read.
When you approach the Bible with proven study methods, you are a good steward of the Word and can be confident that you understand what God is saying to us.
Is that always true? No. Some passages are really hard to understand and even scholars disagree on what they mean. However, you can be a good steward of those passages, too. Dig deep and decide on an interpretation to the best of your abilities. The Holy Spirit is always there to guide you and may just have a word of wisdom for you in one of these more mysterious passages.
4. Know how to read it well.
So how can you dig deep and make sure you understand what you are reading? Learn proper Bible study methods - the same ones your pastor learned when he went to College.
Study the Bible inductively with the “Observation, Interpretation, and Application” Bible study method. It’s true that the Holy Spirit helps us understand but in order to be good stewards of the Word and test what we believe we hear from the Holy Spirit against Scripture, we have to use solid Bible study methods.
5. Understand what it’s all about.
You need to understand the storyline of the Bible so you can place every passage in its correct context.
What is the storyline, you ask? The Bible tells the story of redemption. God made mankind good but sin separated us from Him. No second chance, no laws, no effort on our behalf can bring us back to Him. So God sent His son Jesus to die on our behalf and reconcile us with Him.
God had this plan from the beginning, so we see His grace and allusions to Jesus’ coming even in the Old Testament. God is truly the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I believe in the importance of studying Scripture systematically and gaining this strong foundation so much that I created a Bible study series to teach you all of the above and more.
This learning system is all inclusive!
- Learn how to study the Bible.
- Journey through the Bible’s story on select passages.
- Do it all in just 15-20 minutes a day!
I’ve broken the study steps down into small pieces, giving you plenty of time to get into the routine of studying the Bible daily before learning how to dig deeper and deeper on your own. You’ll be able to follow along and enjoy it!
Is Bible study really worth all this extra effort and education? Oh yes! If you are currently skimming Bible passages to check this to-do item off your list, you’ll soon experience the joy of connecting with God through the study of His Word.
You’ll get more out of your time in Scripture and feel more confident that you know what God wants to tell you through each passage.
Get started today. Find out more here.
We will study through modules 1 & 2 of the Scripture Confident through the Bible series together this fall, starting September 10th. So be sure to get your copy in time and join our Facebook community group, My Scripture Confident Life.
What interests you about studying Scripture systematically? Tell me in the comments below.