There’s a professor of mine at the Seminary who’s known for some of his catchy phrases. So, one day I decided to write a funny rap about this professor and some of his phrases. It was all in good fun, and I even put together a music video with the professor (I never thought he would agree to this either). However, many of the lines spoke the truth. One line went like this: “God is God, you are not. Know your Bible, read it a lot.” My professor was always talking about how we need to know the Bible well, and of course he also frequently put us in our place by reminding us that we are not God.
I’ve noticed a pattern over the years. The professor I described above relentlessly repeated the importance of knowing the Bible. Another professor said that a person is better able to counsel a fellow Christian if they know specific verses of scripture to turn to during a conversation. I remember one of my first professors required us to memorize particular passages of the Bible as part of our class. A history professor also made it clear how the theologians of the early church knew their Bible far better than we do today. He explained how the early church fathers had vast portions of scripture locked into their minds, ready to use for debates over doctrine which have impacted our church life today. Lastly, knowing what’s in the Bible and what Jesus actually said helps immensely when having conversations with an unbeliever.
The pattern is obvious: The more you know the Bible, the more likely it is that you will better follow Christ. Now, in stating this I’m assuming a few things. 1) You are a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ as Savior. 2) You believe the Bible is God’s Word. 3) You agree that studying the Bible is important for your spiritual walk with Christ.
So, we’re not talking about people who know the Bible well because they want to refute the Christian faith. I’m also not saying that the Holy Spirit must only work through the Bible to make people better disciples of Christ. Yet, the Spirit is always connected with the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God in written form, and the Holy Spirit certainly works through the Word of God that is read, taught, and studied from the Bible.
If we want to follow Jesus well, we need to know our Bible. The Holy Spirit can work great faith and action in us without our reading of the Bible, but we shouldn’t count on this. God gave us His written Word for a reason: to read it, learn it, speak it, hear it, and teach it.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4
“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
I want to encourage you to take some time to read your Bible. I am challenging myself as well. Don’t dwell on how you don’t read the Bible as often as you should because that’s not always helpful for starting a new routine. Instead, here are some practical and creative ways to know your Bible:
- The S.O.A.P Method. This is a form of journaling which can help with your personal reflection on God’s Word. Click here
- Doodle Bible. This involves taking notes in your Bible with words and pictures. For more information click here . Also, if you think this is only for people who can draw click here .
- Write a Song. If you’re musically inclined, you can work on a short song which offers praise and reflection to God over the scripture you’ve been studying.
- Write a Psalm. Write your own personal Psalm to God based on a Psalm you read.
- Follow a Reading Plan. Reading Plans for the Bible can help you stay on track. Ask someone to hold you accountable to this plan.
- YouVersion Bible Apps. These can be downloaded on your mobile devices and are great resources for exploring the Bible more often. For adults click here . For kids click here .
- Audio Bible. Listen to the Bible rather than read it. This is a good alternative for when you lack the motivation to read.
- Read with a Group. The Bible doesn’t say you absolutely must meditate on His Word all by yourself. He gave us the community of believers for a reason.
- Watch Bible Videos. Videos from The Bible Project are extremely helpful for exploring the themes of the Bible and the Bible’s unity as one big story. These videos contain amazing visuals and artwork that get you excited to dig deeper. Click here .
- Memorize Bible Verses. Memorizing scripture as a regular activity will help you recall important passages during key moments for yourself and others.
Written By: Vicar Alex Lahue
Posted on Tue, September 26, 2017
by Stacy Yates