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Why Study The Bible? (1)

‘Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word.’ 1 Peter 2:2 NASB

Daily Bible study is essential to your spiritual growth. Professor Howard Hendricks writes: ‘When our kids were youngsters growing up, we set up a growth chart on the back of a closet door. As they grew, they begged us to measure how tall they’d gotten and record it on the chart. It didn’t matter how small the increments were, they bounced up and down with excitement to see their progress. One time after I measured one of my daughters, she asked me the sort of question you wish kids wouldn’t ask: “Daddy, why do big people stop growing?” How could I explain that big people don’t stop growing—we just grow in a different direction? I don’t know what I told her, but to this day the Lord is still asking me, “Hendricks, are you growing old, or are you growing up?”’

How about you? How long have you been a Christian? Nine months? Thirty-nine years? The real issue is how much have you grown up? Step up to God’s growth chart and measure your progress. That’s what the apostle Peter meant when he wrote, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” Just as a baby grabs for the bottle, you grab for the Bible. The baby has to have milk to sustain its life physically; and you have to have the Scriptures to sustain your life spiritually. So the first reason for studying the Scriptures is that it’s a means of spiritual growth. It is God’s primary tool to develop you as an individual.

written by Bob Gass
 
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Why Study The Bible? (1)

‘Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word.’ 1 Peter 2:2 NASB

Daily Bible study is essential to your spiritual growth. Professor Howard Hendricks writes: ‘When our kids were youngsters growing up, we set up a growth chart on the back of a closet door. As they grew, they begged us to measure how tall they’d gotten and record it on the chart. It didn’t matter how small the increments were, they bounced up and down with excitement to see their progress. One time after I measured one of my daughters, she asked me the sort of question you wish kids wouldn’t ask: “Daddy, why do big people stop growing?” How could I explain that big people don’t stop growing—we just grow in a different direction? I don’t know what I told her, but to this day the Lord is still asking me, “Hendricks, are you growing old, or are you growing up?”’

How about you? How long have you been a Christian? Nine months? Thirty-nine years? The real issue is how much have you grown up? Step up to God’s growth chart and measure your progress. That’s what the apostle Peter meant when he wrote, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” Just as a baby grabs for the bottle, you grab for the Bible. The baby has to have milk to sustain its life physically; and you have to have the Scriptures to sustain your life spiritually. So the first reason for studying the Scriptures is that it’s a means of spiritual growth. It is God’s primary tool to develop you as an individual.

written by Bob Gass
I don't have much luck with Bob Gass, I seem to always disagree with him. Bible study: To study a subject infers that one reads up on the subject and then, by using one's gift of reason, reaches a conclusion. But what if one's conclusion is wrong? and that conclusion is now locked into one's understanding? In the gospel of John, we are told that In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And later in the chapter we are told that the Word became flesh and made his dwelling amongst us. We are then told that the Word is also the Bread of Life and we are called to feed on him. And by'We' I mean of course, born again believers. Feeding on something, is not the same as studying it. If I feed on my dinner I don't study the make up of all the ingredience, I just eat it, and the result is, I gain strength. I counsel my brothers and sisters to, rather than study the word, feed on it. If you study the word, the conclusions you reach, come from your own reasoning. However if you feed on the word, (just read it), the helper, spoken of in John 14:16-17 will become involved. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. When one feeds on the Word, as apposed to studying it, a wonderful thing happens, as one feeds (just reads), eureka moments start to happen and our eyes are opened to deep truths. Deep truths, that don't happen when we try to reason in our own understanding. I pray this will, to some, be a revelation.
 
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