Why A Bible Study?

Brian Kuehmichel
February 1, 2013

"The reason the Bible is important is not because it is a good "light," but because it is the basic "light." The same God who wrote the Bible created the universe and holds it together. The Bible is the key to understanding anything true about our world (or universe). It is not only the primary tool for illuminating our existence, it is the standard by which all other tools, and the hands that hold them, are evaluated." (John 1:9) Leonard A. Lester, Barbourville, KY

And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken. Deuteronomy 26:19

Perhaps you read the Bible for some of these reasons:

Topical interest, comparison of Old Testament or New Testament texts, explore Messianic Prophecy or other prophecy, comfort, literature, history, courage, inspire, share, correction/reprove, guidance & direction, model, motivate, daily devotional and more.

Here are some special reasons

The Bible reveals the beginning of our cosmos and who made itIn the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. and Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things? Genesis 1:1; Acts 7:49-50

The Bible asserts the duration of creation was six literal dayson the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. and For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Genesis 2:2; Exodus 20:11

The Bible shows Adam and Eve were our real first parentsGod created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. and For Adam was first formed, then Eve. Genesis 1:27; 1 Timothy 2:13

The Bible reports their temptation and their fall into sinwhen the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. and By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12

The Bible explains that death, as the penalty for sin, came upon the world through this action they had doneI commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground and for dust you are, and unto dust shall you return. Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12

The Bible details our inescapable bondage to sinFor all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. and For we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin. and For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do, I do not allow: for what I would (do), that I do not; but what I hate, that I do. Romans 3:23, 9; 7:14-15

The Bible explains why we have the necessity for a saviorFor by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified and For as many as are of (under) the works of the law are under the curse. and As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. Galatians 2:16; 3:10; Romans 3:10

The Bible provides abundant evidence for Christ Jesus as that saviorBut is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. and And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 John 4:14

The Bible records significant verifications of Christ's death — Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments and being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. John 19:23; Acts 2:23

The Bible recounts many witnesses for Christ's resurrectionGod seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption; this Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses and he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. and I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Acts 2:31-32; 1 Corinthians 15:6; Revelation 1:18

The Bible presents the journey of the believers who make up the churchwe are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. and Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17

The Bible explains the duty of His disciplesAnd that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his nme among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. and And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Luke 24:47-48; Matthew 28:18-20

The Bible testifies the promises of Christ's returnAnd if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. and This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. John 14:3; Acts 1:11

The Bible promises a final judgment of all mankind — For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. and Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. John 5:22; Acts 17:31

The Bible does these things for you

Tells you how to be saved and grow in your faith — John 3:16; Psalm 119:105; Phillipians 4:6-70

Gives you clear guidance and direction for life — Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Empowers your prayer life — Phillipians 4:6-7

Sharpens your ability to hear the Holy Spirit — 1 Corinthians 1:5

Ministers to your mind, body and spirit — Proverbs 4:20-22

Helps you maintain mental health — Romans 12:2

Increases the annointing on every area of your life — 1 Corinthians 1:5

Developes your wisdom in every area of your life — Proverbs 1-3 chapters

Enhances your intellect and personality — 1 Corinthians 1:5

Brings joy and peace into your spirit and life — 2 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; Galatians 5:22

How ought the Bible to be studied and why?

A. Overview / History

B. Relationship with God

C. Application

D. Character improvement

E. Memorization

F. Topics

Deductive reasoning is going from a known principle and following this to specific situations and applications. If God sets the principle then the specific will be true too.

Inductive reasoning is from specific facts to a general conclusion explaining those facts as a principle.

Bible Study Methods

Read for content and overview

Literal - includes figures of speech and symbols normally used to enhance understanding

Historical - background, people, culture

Grammatical - uses structure of language

Synthetic - synthesize and cross reference by: topical, contextual, comparative, or other methods

  • Use of symbols, shadows
  • Time frame
  • Context
  • Types and antitypes and their fulfillment
  • Prophecies and their fulfillment

Meditate - upon the content to discern and apply its lessons

Practical - applications to use, grasp the principle to use with conviction in all situations

Teach - to others to help clarify scripture both for self and others

The Bible is to be:






Told / Shared

Applied / Promoted

The results are the possession of: Truth, blessings, victory, growth, power, hope, righteousness, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance which endure forever.

In Prayer ask for divine enoblement, Godly influence, spiritual power and Christ's conduct. See: For What Shall I Pray

"Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor 6:9-11, 5:11-13