Getting Back on Track with a Good Bible Study Today! Part 3

Dr. Michael StevensBy Dr. Michael Stevens4 Minutes

We’ve talked a lot about getting back on track with Bible study. We’ve been through some pretty challenging times. And as we are on the road to recovery, on the road to rebuilding and restoring, and all of the great things I believe that God has for the body of Christ, let’s make sure that we keep the Word of God first and foremost.

Here’s how you do that – by literally getting back to a habit of good, daily Bible study. Just in review we’ve talked about always having something for the head, the heart, and the hands – something for the cognitive, the effective, and the application. In other words, when you study the Bible there are three questions you should ask. What did I learn from this Scripture reading? Number two, what do I feel as I read the Scriptures? And then number three, what will I do? How will I apply what I’ve read?

We gave you some tools about studying the Word of God. We call them the three R’s. You should read the Bible. You should research the Scriptures. And then finally you should bring some type of resolution. I thought about Psalms 1. Although Psalms 1 is a lengthy passage of Scripture, the highlight simply is this: “Blessed is the man who makes his delight in the Word of God.” Friends, when you read the Bible it’s not being what we call duty-bound. It’s not out of condemnation, but to meditate on the Scripture.

I actually like reading the Bible. God makes a promise like, “I will bless that man. He’s gonna be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.” Why? Because he took delight in reading and researching and bringing resolution to the Word of God.

Then there is a comparison. For the person who doesn’t care to read the Bible – for the person who doesn’t like the Word of God, he says: “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the day of judgment, nor sinners in the assemblies of the righteous.”

When you study the Word of God, when you apply it, something phenomenal happens. God plants you. You’ll become a fruitful tree. You’ll see the result, you’ll see the excitement. You’ll see the benefits. You’ll see the blessings because you’re studying the Word of God.

I want to remind every one of you and I really want to encourage you, let’s get back to the Bible. Let’s get back to studying. Find the place in the morning or in the evening. Find that time that is designated and dedicated to Him. No cell phones, no iPads, no social media, just you and the Word of God. And when you read, it’s just not for head knowledge. It’s not just to argue Scriptures with your friends on the job. But you’re reading for heart knowledge. You’re reading for application – something that I could apply that is relevant in my life so I can be a blessing to others.

I’m pulling for you. I’m pressing for you. I’m praying for you, that you would take this moment and maximize the Word of God. Not just reading, but studying and living it out.