Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:15
A. People around the world have resolved to read their Bibles this year, but there is more to this exercise than simply reading words.
B. The Bible really is the greatest book ever written, and it will greatly enhance our lives if we will give ourselves to studying it.
I. Here are a few tips for better Bible reading.
A. We need to make sure that we approach our study with the proper attitude (2 Corinthians 3:14‒16; 2 Peter 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
B. Before you read, ask God for wisdom (James 1:5).
C. Don’t ignore difficult passages; study these with greater care (e.g., Matthew 5:44).
D. Try to understand the context of each verse, even the most familiar ones (e.g., 1 Corinthians 13).
E. You may find it helpful to make notes as you go and to study along with someone else (Ecclesiastes 4:9‒10)
II. It is our responsibility to rightly divide God’s word (2 Timothy 2:15).
A. Rightly dividing requires diligence (cf. 4:21; Ephesians 4:3).
B. Rightly dividing requires effort (cf. Matthew 20:1‒16).
C. Rightly dividing makes us unashamed (1 Peter 3:15).
A. God’s word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:17), which is precisely why we must read it and use it with great care.
B. God’s word will change your life if you give it the opportunity, and it will change the lives of those with whom we share it.