The Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe the scriptures are authoritative, infallible and inerrant in the original writings.
We begin to pursue Jesus by reading the Bible. It is a discipline that helps us grow and mature as believers and fills our souls with purpose and meaning.
Matthew 5:6 says: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. A believer should have this mind-set: Get into God’s word so it will get into you.
The book of Psalms says the truth of God’s word is powerful enough to satisfy, and like honey provides sweetness to the soul. The Bible serves to guide, counsel, comfort, support, defend and enrich us. The Bible is God’s call for how we are to live and helps us address questions and issues in our life.
Hebrews 4 says God’s word, when brought into the lives of believers, is alive and constantly moving with the ability to shape and form us.
Here are some helpful hints about reading the Bible:
*Pray and ask God for spiritual insight. The Holy Spirit teaches us truth and touches our soul.
*Don’t miss the Bible’s big picture, which is the story of God wanting to redeem a broken and sinful people through Jesus. The gospel of John is a good place to start reading.
*Develop a reading plan, which is easy through the YouVersion of the Bible.
*Do some research. Don’t assume you have God figured out. There’s great depth to the Bible and we should be willing to explore it on a deeper level.
*We must be willing to respond to what the Bible says. It’s one thing to absorb information, it’s another to apply it to our every-day lives and allow it to challenge, correct and grow us.
Consider these scripture verses that speak to the importance of reading God’s word:
2 Samuel 22.31
2 Timothy 2.15
1 John 2.5