Scripture Context Matters
"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 ESV
Why study the Bible?
The Bible is about God, not about us. We read the Bible to learn more about who God is, be transformed by His Word as a believer, and draw nearer to Him.
Reading the Bible is not always an easy task. At times we do not like what we are reading in the Bible. Our cultural norms clash with and disagree with what God designed for us.
We should not “cherry-pick” out the verses that make us feel good, change the Bible to fit us or our culture, or not read parts of the Bible because we disagree or don't understand it. When we do this, the Bible becomes about us. We become the center of the story instead of God and His design for His creation. Our understanding and view of God become distorted. The Bible is the infallible and inerrant word of God.
Most of us build relationships by learning about another person and their history. We meet up for a meal, attend church groups, and connect over like interests. We tend to have that one person or close friend with whom we talk daily and share our hearts.
Likewise, God desires to have an ongoing relationship with us as well. He invites us to get to know Him through reading His Word (the Bible), prayer, worship, and quiet time with Him. Within these modes of communication, God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit to deepen our relationship with Him. Reading the whole Bible at least once a year is a great way to know God and His Word for yourself.
God desires us to come to Him as we are, perfectly imperfect in need of Him, the Savior. The Bible reveals to us the free gift of salvation through Jesus. John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10 Through redemption, we are justified and made anew. 2 Corinthians 5:16-18. By reading our Bibles and being in fellowship with other believers, we are able to draw near to God. We continue to be transformed into the image of God so that we may better reflect the love of Jesus to those around us.