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Study to Show Yourself Approved to God

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


I have been privileged to delve into the rich tapestry of our faith, exploring the origins, development, and impact of Christianity throughout the centuries. Time and again, I have been struck by the central role that the study of God's Word has played in the lives of believers, both individually and collectively. Today, I would like to share with you some insights on the importance of studying God's Word and encourage you to prioritise in your own spiritual journey.

The Bible is no ordinary book. It is the inspired Word of God, a divine revelation that has been preserved for us through the ages. As the Apostle Paul writes, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Word of God is not only a source of spiritual nourishment but also a powerful tool for shaping our lives and equipping us for service in God's kingdom. Let me share with you three reasons why studying God's Word is of paramount importance for every believer:


1.       Studying God's Word deepens our understanding of God and His ways.

The Bible is the primary means through which God has chosen to reveal Himself to humanity. It is a record of His interactions with His people, His promises, His commandments, and His redemptive plan for the world. As we study the Scriptures, we gain a deeper understanding of who God is, what He values, and how He works in the lives of His people. This knowledge not only enriches our relationship with God but also enables us to walk more closely with Him in obedience and faith.


2.       Studying God's Word equips us to discern truth from error.

In a world filled with competing ideas, philosophies, and beliefs, it is essential that we have a solid foundation upon which to build our faith. The Bible provides us with an objective standard of truth, a plumb line against which we can measure all other teachings and doctrines. As the Apostle John exhorts us, "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). By studying God's Word, we develop the discernment and wisdom needed to navigate the complexities of our world and to stand firm in our faith.


3.       Studying God's Word transforms our lives and shapes our character.

The Word of God is not merely a collection of ancient texts or moral teachings; it is a living, active force that has the power to change our lives. As the writer of Hebrews declares, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). When we engage with the Scriptures, we encounter the living God who works through His Word to convict, challenge, and transform us. As we submit ourselves to the authority of the Bible and allow it to shape our thoughts, attitudes, and actions, we become more and more like Christ, the living Word of God (John 1:14). Here are a few suggestions to cultivate a habit of studying:


1.       Make a commitment to regular Bible study

Set aside a specific time each day for reading and studying the Scriptures. This might be in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening before bed. Establishing a routine will help you to develop the discipline and consistency needed for fruitful Bible study.


2.       Use a systematic approach

There are many ways to study the Bible, and it is essential to find a method that works best for you. Some people prefer to read through the Bible from beginning to end, while others may choose to focus on a particular book or theme. You might also consider using a Bible reading plan, study guide, or commentary to help you engage with the text more deeply.


3.       Pray for understanding and guidance

Before you begin your Bible study, take a moment to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate your understanding and guide you in your study. As Jesus promised, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13).


4.       Share your insights and questions with others

Bible study is not meant to be an isolated endeavour but a communal activity that fosters growth, encouragement, and accountability. Consider joining a Bible study group at your church, or find a friend or mentor with whom you can discuss your insights, questions, and challenges.


In conclusion, let us remember the words of the Psalmist: "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path" (Psalm 119:105). May we be a people who are committed to studying God's Word, knowing that it is the source of truth, wisdom, and transformation in our lives. Let us be a church that is grounded in the Scriptures, equipped for every good work, and shining brightly as a beacon of God's truth in a dark and confused world.