December 2019  
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“The Importance of Bible Study”

      In John 20:30 and 31, we read this words book: but “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”  To you, the wonderful University church of Christ family, I ask the following question:  What place does Bible study hold in your life?”  All of us should be concerned to study Christian doctrines, for in so doing we will be able to present a distinctly Christian worldview and be assured that the Jesus whom we trust is the real Jesus.

In Psalm 119:105 the Psalmist wrote, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.  It is God’s Word that illuminates for us the pathway in which we are to walk as His children.  In fact, Deut. 6:4-9 was God’s exhortation to Israel to know Him intimately.  They were commanded to teach themselves and their children His Word in such a way that it penetrated their hearts, minds and will—that is every aspect of who they are.  The same still holds true for those of us who are a part of spiritual Israel, the church of Christ.

The apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:14-17 exhorts us to scrutinize, understand, and then apply scripture.  It is the clear, uncompromising call to continue in our studies constantly and passionately.  The context of this passage is that he was writing to correct false teaching, people misleading others with twisted scriptures out of context.  All of the aforementioned passages of scripture give us the reason for, and encourage opportunities, for studying the Word of God.  We can teach ourselves and each other to bring the Word of life into all that we do.  And, we can rest assured that the Word is directly inspired; it is His words to be put into our actions, by His guidance and support.  Thus, the opportunity is given to us to seize His Word so we can be wise and live our lives with purpose, direction, and meaning.  In this way, we can impact our society with dignity and liberty, giving hope and showing the Way (John 14:6).

The Bible is not just about a list of do’s and don’ts, but a love letter that lets us know what is best.  The Bible does this by its honesty with its characters, how they failed and how they succeeded.  It shows us how we are to view God and each other, how we are to conduct ourselves, and how we are to measure our ideas and activities.  It contains all we need to know for salvation and godly living (2 Peter 1:3).  This morning we began the winter quarter by studying the subject, “Is the Church a Denomination”?  Next week’s lesson is entitled, “The Holy Spirit and Today’s Christian”.  See you in Bible class!  May God continue to move in the life of the University church of Christ as we seek to study, understand and live out His Word. And remember that God loves you, Jesus died for you, I love you and I am your servant for Jesus’ sake!

Yours because of Calvary,

Terrance R. McClain, PhD


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