As Christians, we are often exhorted to read the Bible. But without understanding the reasons why reading the Word is so important, we can lack motivation and/or only do it out of a religious duty. When we understand why reading the Bible is so important, we can begin to engage in this spiritual discipline with more intentionality and focus. Below is an excerpt from the Rooted Discipleship Manual which highlights five reasons to spend time in the Word on a regular basis.
When we understand why reading the Bible is so important, it will help to motivate us to engage in this important spiritual discipline. While not an exhaustive list, below are several reasons why studying the Bible is foundational to our walk with God and growth as believers.
1. Revelation of God (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
• The Bible is inspired by God and a primary way that He speaks to us. It is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. Therefore, spending regular time in the Scriptures is key for growing in our relationship with Him. If we want to get to know God, His nature, His will, and His ways, we must consistently invest time in the Word.
2. Spiritual nourishment (see 1 Peter 2:2; Matthew 4:4)
• The Word of God is compared to milk, bread, and solid food. The symbolism is clear: as good food nourishes our body, the Word of God nourishes our spirit. Here is an important tip to remember: even if you don’t remember or understand everything you read, it still nourishes your spirit!
3. A solid foundation (see Psalm 1:1-3; Matthew 7:24-25)
• The Word is a solid foundation to build our lives upon. Being grounded in the Word keeps us firmly rooted, protects us from deception, and enables us to be strong during trials. Without this foundation, we are susceptible to being drawn into error or being derailed by the storms of life.
4. A weapon against the enemy/temptation (see Ephesians 6:17; Matthew 4:1-11; Psalm 119:11)
• When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He overcame each temptation the same way: by quoting Scripture. God’s Word is a sword to help stand against the enemy and be victorious over temptation. But if we don’t know the Word, we cannot use it as a sword in spiritual battle.
5. Cleansing and sanctification (see Psalm 119:9; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26)
• God’s Word has a cleansing effect on us. Spending time reading and studying the Bible can be likened to taking a spiritual bath. God uses His Word to continue the process of sanctification in us—this means that His Word helps us to become more holy.
The Rooted Discipleship Manual is all about spiritual growth. Being saved and set free should be seen as a beginning, not an end. We are born again into God’s Kingdom, and now we are called to know God intimately, mature in Christ, and produce the fruit that He desires. In order for this to happen, we must be rooted.
This discipleship manual will help equip you with foundational truths and spiritual disciplines necessary to grow in your relationship with God. Each lesson contains biblical teaching combined with sections for reflection and personal application. Rooted can be used for personal study and growth, small group teaching and discussion, or as a tool for discipling others.