Welcome my friend! I am glad you are here and hope you’re ready for today’s article. Today we will be discussing why the Bible is important for your faith. This is a big topic, so let’s jump in!
Having Doubts? Here’s a Great Resource
The Bible is a tricky thing; non-Christians may ask you, “Why do you believe the Bible?” I have learned about this topic specifically in my church youth group, but I’m not going to go into it all here, so here is a resource for doing your own research.
This is the video my youth group went over. Dr. Voddie Bauchman lays it all out here, and I know it’s a long video, but sit down and watch it.
Let’s Dive In
Once you’ve answered the first why, which is why you believe the Bible, the second why is why is it important?
Well, if you watched the video, in the first few seconds Dr. Bauchman says the “Why do you believe the Bible?” question is important because it’s what you believe. The Bible lays a foundation for your faith. If it weren’t for the Bible, you wouldn’t have a reliable story about Jesus. The Bible tells the stories that are critical for our faith.
So you believe it now, and you have a valid statement for why you believe it, but do you know what’s in it? Do you know the stories inside and out? Backward and forwards? I’m guessing not, but don’t get me wrong, I don’t know them that well either.
The Bible is amazing. It has so much information, so many answers to our questions, and if you know it, you’re set. If you look closely, you’ll realize that answers to your big questions might be lying right in front of you.
What Does This Mean?
This means that we should read it, and we should try to read it and study it and discuss it more than any other book. We need to know this book; we need to know our faith. So reading it–and I don’t mean skimming it–but reading it closely, is important.
2 Peter puts it this way:
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.2 Peter 1:19-21
The ‘word’ Peter is speaking of is the Bible, and according to this, scripture should be a lamp shining in a dark place. It should be that hope when things are hard when days especially seem dark and dreary.
Not only that but:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17
Scripture can do so many good things for you. On those rough days; it can be a comfort, on those days when you need correction; it can convict you and bring you closer to God, on those days when you really just need some light; it can bring you joy.
I Want to Read It… But How Do I Do It?
Hopefully, by now you are ready to read and explore God’s word with excitement. But reading the Bible is a daunting task; there’s a lot in there! There are several ways you can do it: read it straight through, follow a chronological plan, follow another Bible reading schedule….
This is all very overwhelming and kind of scary too. There are so many ways to do it; is there a right way? Let me tell you now, no matter how you do it, you’re learning. So find a plan that works for you depending on your schedule.
Yes, here it is, the Accountability Monster. Don’t skim me, please; stay here.
Accountability isn’t a school paper or work project deadline. It’s not something that’s going to give you a bad grade or yell at you for doing a bad job. It’s there to help you.
Accountability is good, and it can look different depending on who you are. Maybe you need to make yourself a flexible deadline for how much you need to have read in a week, or maybe you need someone to actually remind you to read it each day. Both ways work, but either way, don’t stress. It’s okay if you miss one day; it takes time to make habits.
For me, my accountability is one of my best friends. I didn’t even tell her to tell me to do my reading, just knowing she’s waiting to talk about it does. My friendship with her has formed over a love for Jesus and a shared faith. We have common beliefs, which means we can easily fall back on each other and ask for prayers when we’re hurt, tired, or really just in need of some comfort.
We also agreed to read the Bible together.
We agreed to take turns picking books of the Bible to read and discuss a chapter each time we can talk. But when one of us (usually me) doesn’t read, we can’t talk about it, and that guilt trap eats at me when I miss it, and so I go and try to read so that I can talk to her later.
Knowing that there’s someone who wants to talk about the passage with you is a huge help, and it’s the best type of accountability. It’s not an annoying phone reminder or someone telling you day after day, “Hey, did you do this?” (though there’s nothing wrong with those things), it’s just knowing that your friend is waiting to talk about it with you.
Reading the Bible with a Friend
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- Who to ask to be your Bible friend
- How to ask them
- How to start doing discussions with them
And the whole thing will be wrapped in a personal story about how my friend and I started off!
I hope this article helped and meant something to you! This was a very broad topic, but also a very important one, and if you read to the end, thank you! Remember to sign up for my email list for monthly newsletters and those articles I mentioned above!
Have a blessed day,