The Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy about the importance of Scripture for spiritual growth and Christian ministry:
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 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 3:14-17).
Through the Bible we…
- Learn about God
- Have the substance of our belief in God
- Discover the truth of Jesus Christ that we may have faith in Him
This is because the Bible is…
- Spoken by God
- Profitable for teaching
- Profitable for reproof
- Profitable for correction
- Essential for training in righteousness (spiritual growth)
Without the Bible, a believer is incomplete and ill equipped for the ministry he or she is called to complete.
Spiritual Disciplines of the Word
The following is a list of spiritual disciplines related to the Word of God (the Bible, Scripture). Clicking the link for each discipline takes you to a post introducing you to that particular discipline.
- Character Study – This Bible study method helps you understand how God interacts with people.
- Book Study – This Bible study method helps you understand the theological and redemptive themes of a book of the Bible.
- D.O.O.R. – A simple, but effective method for taking sermon notes.
- Lectio Divina – Reading Scripture meditatively, contemplatively and with a desire to hear God speak through his Word. (Note: “Lecito” is called “Scripture-based Reflective Prayer” in this three-part series.)
- Meditation – How can you practice the ancient discipline of meditation? What role does the Bible play in meditation? This post helps answer these questions.
- S.O.A.P. – A method for interpreting and applying a passage of Scripture utilizing your journal.
- S.P.E.C.K.A. – A series of questions that help you understand and apply any passage of Scripture. An excellent resource for small groups and evangelistic Bible studies.
- Thematic Study – This Bible study method helps you understand the consistency of Scripture by following themes from Genesis to Revelation.
- Word Study – This Bible study method helps you trace the usage of specific words throughout Scripture so that you can understand the theological implications of the word usage.