2021 Reading Plan

  2021 Reading Plan  
Why should we read / study the Bible?

We should read and study the Bible because it is God's Word to us. The Bible is literally "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God's very words to us. There are so many questions that philosophers have asked that God answers for us in Scripture. What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do good? In addition to these "big" questions, the Bible gives much practical advice in areas such as: What do I look for in a mate? How can I have a successful marriage? How can I be a good friend? How can I be a good parent? What is success and how do I achieve it? How can I change? What really matters in life? How can I live so that I do not look back with regret? How can I handle the unfair circumstances and bad events of life victoriously?

We should read and study the Bible because God does not change and because human nature does not change; it is as relevant for us as it was when it was written. While technology changes, our nature and desires do not change. We find, as we read the pages of biblical history, that whether we are talking about one-on-one relationships or whole societies, "there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). And while mankind as a whole continues to seek love and satisfaction in all of the wrong places, God, our good and gracious Creator, tells us what will bring us lasting joy. His revealed Word, the Bible, is so important that Jesus said of it, "Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). In other words, if we want to live life to the fullest, as God intended, we must listen to and heed God's written Word.

We should read and study the Bible because there is so much false teaching. The  Bible gives us the measuring stick by which we can distinguish truth from error. It tells us what God is like. God's Word shows us just how much God loves us, and it is in learning this that we are drawn to love Him in return. The Bible equips us to serve God. It helps us know how to be saved from our sin and its ultimate consequence. Meditating on God’s Word and obeying its teachings will bring success in life. God’s Word helps us see sin in our lives and helps us get rid of it. It gives us guidance in life and keeps us from wasting years of our lives on that which does not matter and will not last.

The Bible is a book that is not merely for reading. It is a book for studying so that it can be applied. Otherwise, it is like swallowing food and then spitting it back out again, no nutritional value is gained by it. The Bible is God's Word, it truly is the bread of life. We can ignore it, but we do so to our own detriment. It cannot be emphasized strongly enough just how important the Bible is to our lives. Studying the Bible is similar to any other discipline or activity; if we make little effort we receive little in return, but the more we make an effort to really dig into it and make it a part of our lives, the more reward we will gain.

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