2 Timothy 3: 16-17
Reading the Bible - Learning what God thinks
Many new believers wonder how they can know what God wants them to do. God reveals Himself to us through His Word, the Holy Bible. All believers, especially new ones, should read and study the Bible every day. As with any book, we must read it in context and in its entirety to truly understand its meaning and what God is saying. That can feel a little overwhelming at first but use a simple process for getting the most out of each passage.
Ask the following three questions: What does the verse say? What does the verse mean? What does this verse mean to me? Often doing this with an experienced believer will help put things into context and increase your understanding.
The scripture in 2 Timothy shows us that every bible verse we come across has a purpose. This book was not simply put together to fill pages but was strategically crafted to serve a purpose and reveal God’s purpose to the world. If you need to know if you are right or wrong, it can instruct you or correct you when needed. It is what we need to know the character of God.
James 1:22 is a self-explanatory verse: don’t just read the Bible and assume that is what you needed. Take what the bible says and apply it to your everyday life. If you believe that reading the bible is all it takes then, as the scripture says, you are only fooling yourself.