August 23, 2020
Faithfulness in Bible Study
Series: Habits of an Effective Christian
Last week, Habit #1 of an Effective Christian: Prayer.
Today, Habit #2: Faithfulness in Bible Study.
A habit is something we do over and over and over again.
First, If we develop a recurring pattern of Bible Study…
I. Faithfulness in Bible Study Will Keep Us from Sin
“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
“Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
All Christians are either “approved workers” or “ashamed believers.”
“Approved” means that we have built our lives on the Word of God and therefore, our ministry to others can stand the test of time.
An “ashamed” believer is one who is weak because he does not know the Word and therefore is tossed back and forth, always following the latest fad.
“Correctly handles” or “rightly divides” (KJV) means:
First, you must know the Word.
Second, you must apply it to your own life.
Third, you must diligently study it in order to teach it.
Fourth, you must teach it correctly so that others will understand it.
The good news is, no one needs to remain “ashamed.”
II. Faithfulness in Bible Study Provides Wisdom for Direction
Psalm 119:105 declares, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
III. Faithfulness in Bible Study Provides an Example in Righteousness.
It is not enough to simply be a member of a church, you have to get back to that which God has called you to be and act according to Matthew 7:12, “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them…” also known as the Golden Rule.
IV. Faithfulness in Bible Study Brings Us the Promise of God.
A promise is built on God’s Word. Your word is built on integrity.
I’ve grown up around elders who said, “when you know better, you do better.”
Four questions regarding the Bible.
( If your answer is yes I want you to respond, “I do.”)
•Do you believe that the Bible is the Word of God?
•Do you believe that the Bible is God-breathed so that it is truth and truth alone and truth without any mixture of error?
•Do you believe that the Bible reveals the message of salvation through Jesus Christ?
•Do you believe that the Bible is able to thoroughly equip you in every way to live a life pleasing to God?
If you believe these affirmations, read the Bible.
If you believe those things, study your Bible.
If you believe those things, memorize the Bible scriptures.
If you believe those things, meditate upon this Bible.
If you believe those things, take this book and put it in your hearts, put it inside where you can never lose it.