Why a Bible study?
If I were invited to a Bible study, like you’ve evidently been, I would wonder a couple of things. Why study the Bible? And what are they going to say about the Bible? If you would allow me to answer those questions, I think they both get at the heart of what our church wants to do with the Knowing God Bible Study.
Why study the Bible? The Bible is not like other books, it’s in a category all its own. What makes it so special is that it reveals God to us. God isn’t discoverable, which means we can’t climb up the highest mountains and find Him or go far enough into space and track Him down. God is Spirit and He can only be known if He reveals Himself to us, which is exactly what happens in the Bible! The Bible says, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalms 119:130). We really believe God gives us the “light” to see who He is in the Scriptures.
What are we going to say about the Bible? Well, in the words of Jesus, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). Jesus claimed that the Scripture testifies to who He is. While there are lots of things to learn from the Bible, the main thing we want to show you is what it means to know Jesus the Bible way. He is holy and just, loving and gracious, and so much more beyond that. There is truly no greater purpose in life than to know our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things…That I may know him…” -Philippians 3:8, 10