Why study the Bible? (1 Peter 3:15) “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” As a Christian, we should study the Bible to be able to defend our beliefs.
(James 1:21) “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” Studying the Bible helps a sinner become a saint and it helps a saint to remain saved. Bible study helps one to more accurately understand what one thought he or she understood. (Acts 18:25-26) “This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” People who’ve just obeyed the gospel are babes in Christ and babes in understanding much of the scriptures (Heb. 5:13).
People teaching or believing in and living in error need to be taken aside and taught. What good would it do to study with a sinner about anything and everything but how to become saved? Of course patience is required, but think of how long Jesus and His disciples taught before error or sin was pointed out. Bible study or study of the scriptures has an end point, Heaven or Hell.
Joshua asked a very pertinent question concerning where the children of Israel wanted to be, on the Lord’s side or not. (Joshua 24:15) “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Knowing God and His word, once again brings salvation to the sinner, keeps the saint on the faithful path. Bible study helps a Christian to understand that he can’t continue in certain behaviors. It helps a Christian understand who he is and that he is to separate himself from worldly behavior. It helps a Christian to better take a message of good news to the world.
God’s word is meant to be shared. Matt. 28:19-20 is the great commission. (Matthew 28:19-20) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
If you will notice, there is an order to this commission. Make disciples of all the nations. How? Baptizing and teaching them. We understand a person must be taught what to do to become saved, which includes baptism. After one has become a Christian, logically one would move on to other Biblical subjects that need attention. Studying the good kings and bad kings of Judah and Israel would be a good study for Christians to better help them understand God. It wouldn’t be as helpful to study with sinners who need to hear the saving message of Christ.
Please understand, the Bible has much to teach everyone. A person needs to hear and study the basics: “What must I do to be saved?”; “What must I do once saved?”. One wouldn’t take Calculus without knowing how to add and subtract.
Random Bible subjects are fine for the Christian as he advances his learning. Random subjects aren’t what a sinner needs. He or she needs to know that without Christ they are lost. They then need to know if there is something one can do to receive the cleansing blood of Christ. (Acts 2:37-38) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “ Notice Peter went straight to the point. Peter told them what they needed to hear, and then left the decision up to them. (Acts 2:40-41) And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”
The word of God has a purpose as we have shown. Bible study for the alien sinner is to teach them what they must do to become a saint and attain a relationship with God. Bible study for the saint is to promote growth and maintain a relationship with God. –Chris