The Healthy Church: Personal Bible Study

Posted: April 9, 2013 in Pastor Posts

Healthy Church Blog

I don’t know about you but I am very excited about Pastor Guy’s new sermon series, “The Healthy Church.” I know Pastor Guy’s vision and desire for GCC is that we are a local church that is healthy and thus able to accomplish great things for Jesus and His kingdom.

This last Sunday Pastor Guy talked about the teaching of sound doctrine as one of the qualities of a healthy church. Pastor Guy and the entire GCC staff are committed to obeying the command of Paul in Titus 2:1 which says, “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” The way Pastor Guy and the rest of the GCC staff do this is by preaching and teaching God’s Word, the Bible, which is the authoritative source of everything we believe and everything we do. I feel very blessed to be part of church that teaches the Bible and derives everything we believe and do from God’s inspired Word.

That being said, I feel that there is a tendency amongst many Christians to have a primarily “second-hand” knowledge and understanding of the Bible and what is actually says. Many Christians believe what they believe and know what they know about the Bible because of what they have heard from pastors, teachers, friends, or from various Christian books. Now, these are obviously good things and ways that all of us should learn and grow. But if this is the only source of our knowledge and understanding of the Bible, then I think that we are missing out on the amazing privilege we have to personally read and study the Bible.

The Bible is God’s inspired Word in which the Creator of the universe has decided to reveal himself to the world. The Bible is for everybody. Some think that reading, studying, and understanding the Bible is only possible for pastors, teachers, theologians, and scholars but this is not the case. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit, who indwells every Christian, gives us the ability to read, study, and understand God’s Word (1 Cor. 2:10-11). What a gift! God, in His grace, has not only revealed himself in the Bible but gives us His Spirit to help us understand what He has revealed. It would be foolish of us not to take advantage of this great gift, wouldn’t it?

So my encouragement to all Christians is to take advantage of this great gift and make the reading and studying of the Bible a priority in your life. In doing this you will not only develop personal convictions for why you believe what you believe but you will inevitably grow in your knowledge, love, and service of our great God.

Written by Pastor Ben


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