The Right Basis for Studying the Bible
The authority of the Word. I love that College Park Core Value. I love studying the Bible (hence my vocation), but I also recognize that at times it can be less than exciting and perhaps a bore. So, what can we do?
First, start with the right basis for studying the Bible:
1. Word & Spirit.
We often come to the Word out of obligation. I encourage you to instead come with a fresh perspective. Pray for the Spirit to “open our eyes that we may behold wondrous things out of your Law” (Ps. 119:18). The Word without the Spirit will become an exercise in futility. Bible reading is a spiritual activity!
2. Reading the Word in community
The early Church did not have individual copies of the Bible. They would come to places (often the temple or synagogues) to hear the Bible read (Acts 2:42). I think we need to seriously commit ourselves to that in the context of biblical sermons, Bible studies, Small Groups, accountability groups, couples in marriage, families, etc. Read the Bible with other believers. Follow the Bereans who examined the Scripture daily (Acts 17:11).
3. Read the Bible for personal meditation
While the Bible emphasizes the corporate aspect of the Word, the personal reading and meditation of the Word is crucial as well. Read Psalm 119 to see this—look for the “I” and “my” verses. Ultimately, may our goal in Bible reading be to love God more by knowing him better. May be also be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22)!