Why Do We Read the Bible?

| Wed, Jan 19, 2011 | Set 1 Week 3

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In the opening pages of his Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Lloyd-Jones writes:

It is possible for us to read the Bible in such a mechanical manner that we derive no benefit from doing so. . . .

It is a good thing to read the Bible daily but be quite profitless if we merely do so for the sake of being able to say we read the Bible daily. I am a great advocate of schemes of Bible reading, but we have to be careful that in our use of such schemes we are not content just to read a portion for the day and then rush off without thought and meditation. That can be quite profitless. Our approach to the Bible is something which is of vital importance (6).

To be sure, our approach to reading the Bible is determined by our aim. So then what is our aim? Why do we read the Bible? Even if we go deeper in thought to meditate and memorize, to what end do we meditate and memorize?

Our aim in reading the Bible is to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.

To settle for anything less than faith in the exalted Lord is to undermine the goal of Scripture and miss its central message. We do not read the Bible to learn “stuff about God,” nor to gain moral advice, nor to increase our literacy in religious dialogue. We want Christ!

Through all its diversity, the Bible really does tell one story—the glory of God’s grace in saving sinners through the death and resurrection of his Son, the Lord Jesus. We read primarily to understand that story a little more, and then a little more, and a then little more—until one day we are completely overcome by its wonder so much that we’ll sing in an even nobler, sweeter song his power to save.

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3 Responses to “Why Do We Read the Bible?”

  1. Breanne Olaya Says:

    As you see their are many christian of different denominations. But on your opinion why do you think we should use the bible as the right way and not how we want to use it. What happens to us if we study the scriptures the incorrect way. Would we go to hell if we were taught wrong but love god and jesus and did our best to please him yet we were not teach well by leaders.

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    • Savannah Says:

      everyone atleast in this country has access to a bible. everything we need to know is in the bible. yes it is good to have teachers to help us understand somethings in the bible but no matter what we are all responsible for our own salvation. God planly lays everything we need to know out in the bible. a lot of churches these days dont stress the importance of reading the bible for yourself. i have studied out my bible and continue to do it everyday. im not saying that to boast im just saying that now i know what is the truth and i am confident of it. i do not go off of what others say is right even if it is. i only go by what jesus says which is always the right thing. study out the bible for yourself. Jesus said “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 to be set free you have to hold to his teachings. to hold to his teachings you have to know them. to know them you have to read and find out.

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  2. Galen Currah Says:

    So, does my careless attitude limit the effects produced from hearing the Word of God?

    Does the Spirit of God check whether my heart meets some theologian’s goodness criterion before I can benefit from his Word?

    Nuts! There is so little bible reading being done that I encourage any and all to read or listen to Scripture at any time and in any form.

    Faith? Yes! Instruction? Of course. What about my obedience to Jesus’ commandments?

    I need to be reminded of God’s words often, especially when I have not worked up a previous careful attitude.

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