You hear the announcement every week on Sunday: “Bible study will be meeting at 1:30.” Your friends all file into the different classrooms for their classes, but you decide to leave instead. Maybe you’ll go the mall, get some coffee, or drink some bubble tea. But later at 3, all your friends are talking about what just went down in their classes. Or maybe some time during the week, one of your friends says, “Hey, remember what we talked about in Bible study last Sunday?” And you start to ask yourself, “O wow, should I join a Bible study?” Here are three reasons why the answer is YES!
Sometimes it’s impossible to understand the Bible on our own. We only possess a finite amount of knowledge, and to apply that limited perspective to something as multidimensional as the Bible may not give us an entire understanding of what God is trying to tell us through that passage. Even a sermon or lecture-style Bible study can be difficult to understand if the language is complex or if the message is too long. Being in a room with peers to discuss Scripture allows you to voice your thoughts and opinions in a comfortable environment. In the classroom, you are able to gain knowledge, hear other perspectives, and ask questions about faith that you might have. Even if your words come out as nonsense, the free environment is helpful for gathering your thoughts so that, you are more certain of what you believe. It also allows you to hear the thoughts and opinions of others, which is also critical for understanding your beliefs. Don’t be afraid to speak up, even if you’re young!
Let’s be honest: you don’t know everything. If you as a middle school, high school, college student or young adult think you know everything there is to know about the Bible, you’re wrong. All those Bible scholars would be out of a job if a high school student could already know everything about the Word. People have been studying the Bible ever since it was written, and they are STILL discovering new things! Hearing from your peers and reading the insights of professional Bible scholars in Bible study can only help you increase your knowledge. Dive into its depths and receive the knowledge that God is providing to you.
3. To Know God
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God.” When we are reading and studying the Word, we are receiving God Himself. He has revealed Himself to us, and it would be foolish to ignore it. This is probably the most important benefit that you can gain from Bible study. There is so much to know about God, and to study Him and His words to us is one of the best ways to get to know Him.
If you’re in a place in the Bible that you think is boring, remember this verse: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states that everything is useful. Something that helps me is knowing that everything relates back to Jesus. I try to make it an exercise to find out how a specific passage points to Jesus. It’s not always going to be easy, but I hope that you will find the desire to know the Lord through knowing His Word.