The Bible Is God's Word To Everyone. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
The Holy Scriptures are from God and about God. In them, God reveals His truth, His character, His attributes, and His divine plan for the redemption of man, whom He made in His own image.
The Scriptures are not a collection of the wisdom and insights of men. They are God’s truth, His own Word in His own words. The Apostle Peter tells us that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit and were speaking from God.
(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119:89,105,160; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 3:2)
Your life as a Christian can be both exciting and overwhelming at times. The Bible is a great source to assist you in either of these positions. There are many benefits to reading God's Word daily. While they are numerous, the following nine can be the most beneficial in growing your relationship with God.
1. Reading the Bible reveals God's character. The Bible is your most reliable source to answer your questions about who God is and how He relates to mankind.
"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in many various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, ..." (Hebrews 1:1-3)
2. Reading the Bible teaches you to imitate God. When you read how God lovingly responds to people, you can learn to respond like Him.
"Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children." (Ephesians 5:1)
3. Reading the Bible helps you discover your next steps. The Bible is full of teaching both in the Old Testament and in the New about how God wants His people to live.
"Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path." (Psalm 119:105)
4. Reading the Bible can keep you from sin. When you read the Word of God and meditate on it, treasuring what you have learned, it becomes part of you. This revelation can allow you to respond properly to the temptation to sin.
"I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You." (Psalm 119:11)
5. Reading the Bible helps you renew your mind so you can know God's will. You become what you consume. If you make time to place God's words into your mind and heart, you can flood yourself with what God says about life. Changing your thoughts to His thoughts can result in a life full of freedom and victory.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- His good, pleasing, and perfect will." (Rom 12:1-2)
6. Reading the Bible positions you to receive the desires of your heart. When you read the Bible and learn who God is and what He loves, your prayers and desires should line-up with His best plans for your life. At NCC we believe that God honors His Word and our desires should be grounded in that truth.
"If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." (John 15:7)
7. Reading the Bible is how you learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel is good news; it's the best and most important news that any human being will ever hear. It declares that the only way to know God in peace, love, joy, and eternal life is through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the central message and theme of the entire Bible.
"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed ... For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. .... And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
8. Reading the Bible gives you courage. Courage is more easily accessed when you study and know what God's promises are. God does not disappoint you because He promises to never leave you. Knowing that you can face anything in life because the Creator of all life is constantly with you can bring great comfort and courage.
"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:8-9)
9. Reading the Bible helps you to be fruitful. Reading and applying the principles in the Word of God helps you to develop the character and nature of God known as the "fruit of the Spirit." These characteristics are displayed so that the word may witness God in you. Also, God's Word teaches you the very principles of how to have a successful life - a life full of God's peace and a living out of His character in you.
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but who delight is in the Law of the Lord, who meditates on His Law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither -- whatever they do prospers." (Psalm 1:2-3)
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)
A good, online Bible that is free is YouVersion. This type of tool can be great for people who are busy and want a portable way to read and study the Bible.
Another great resource for getting into the Word of God is to join a Bible Study Group. There are several Life Groups at New City Church that focus heavily on Bible Study. Click Life Groups to learn more or to connect with one of them.