Sunday our guest preacher and good friend of our church, Scott Magdalein, shared with us about the importance of not only reading God's Word, but also doing what it says. Scott encouraged us to read the Bible more in 2015.
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
6 reasons to read the Bible daily:
- To know God. - John 1:1, 14
- To know yourself. - Hebrews 4:12
- To know the truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15
- To know what to do. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- To know what not to do. - Psalm 119:11
- To know God’s will for your life. - Romans 12:2
How do you engage with the Bible the way God intended?
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. - Joshua 1:8
- Read it daily. - Bible app, free paper Bible on Sundays, Bible on the Internet
- Memorize it weekly. - Sticky notes, repetitive reading, Bible-memorization app
- Study it with other Christians. - Community Groups and Gospel Cohorts
- Share it with non-Christians. - Neighbors, coworkers, strangers
"Ultimately, success or failure in the Christian life depends upon how much of the Bible you get into your heart and life on a regular basis and how obedient you are to it. If you are not reading the Word of God, then it will only be a matter of time until you will fall apart spiritually." - Greg Laurie