bible study: a problem statement
Helped along by the massive Christian book publishing space that’s now over a half-billion dollar industry, people don’t read just their Bible. Instead, they are increasingly turning to men and women who have shared their views about Bible topics and doctrine. Individuals and organizations with their own filter on the Bible are all clamoring to be “heard” and those that are searching for truth seem increasingly obliged to listen.
So why not study just the Bible? It should be a fair question. It is, after all, God’s revealed word for mankind. It’s free. It’s available. It’s translated into every language. It’s also understandable and relatable…or is it? This is often where the argument for “other material” comes in. The Bible can be hard to understand. In certain parts, it can even be a challenge to read. But consider this —
the God of the Universe has promised that if we seek Him we will find Him (Luke 11:9 )
Jesus confirmed that God’s “word is truth” ( John 17:17 )
Paul testifies that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” ( 1 Timothy 2:3-4 )
God wants all to be saved! He’s given us His word and promised that if we seek Him (study it) we will find Him (understand it). Based on these Scriptural facts, shouldn’t we have faith enough that God will open our hearts and minds to understand His will for us?