Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Can You Ever Get Too Much Bible Study?

You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.

Although this passage is addressing the issue of salvation, there is something very important we should remind ourselves about when we, as believers, are studying the Bible. The reminder can be posed in the form of a question which is the title of this blog, "Can you get too much Bible study?"

The answer is obviously "no." We should always long to learn and understand the Word of God. But, sometimes we miss the encounter with the Living Word because we are so focused on learning the written Word. So, ask yourself the following questions as you continue to study the Bible:
  • Has my Bible study changed my behavior?
  • Has my Bible study led to conviction and repentance of sin?
  • Has my Bible study led me to be more concerned about the lost?
  • Has my Bible study given me a hunger to serve in my church?
  • Has my Bible study created in me humility or a feeling of biblical superiority?
  • Has my Bible study led me to be more accountable to the local church?
  • Has my Bible study led me to experience the presence of Jesus, the One who gave me life?
How we answer these questions will help us to determine whether there is a lack of balance between the amount of Bible study and the results of Bible study.

God, as I pore over the Scriptures, may I always be looking for You.  Help me to lead my Bible study group to understand that You desire them to encounter You as they study about You. May we all leave our Bible study groups saying that we heard from and responded to You through Your Word.