We should study the Bible to know
how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful
unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good.
John Wesley called
himself a man of one book. We need to spend time reading it and meditating on
it, trusting the Holy Spirit to bring it to life for us. Wesley wrote, “I want
to know one thing; the way to Heaven. God Himself has condescended to teach me
the way… He has written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price,
give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be
a man of one book.”
Wesley was well read of other
books, but Scripture was his priority. In his complete English Dictionary
Wesley defined a Methodist as “one that lives according to the method laid down
in the Bible.” He believed we can never be growing disciples of Jesus Christ
without disciplined study of and reflection on the written Word.
What the Bible was meant to do is
answered in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful
for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so
that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
When we study the Bible we should
be looking for who God is and what He’s saying to us every time.
Prayer is talking to God. Reading
His Word is Him talking to us. God longs to be known. And the Bible is one of
the means by which God is revealed to us.
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