Why Read The Bible (God’s Word)?

by Tim Leahy

Short Answers:

  • Because it’s God’s written revelation to us.
  • Because it’s one of the main ways God speaks to us.
  • Because it’s our instruction manual for successful living.
  • Because it tells us who God is, who we are, and what He did, does and will do for us.
  • Because it’s food for our soul.
  • Because it’s our compass for life.
  • Because it’s God’s love letter to us.
  • Because it’s our story.
  • Because it’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.

Short Answers Explained: 

Because it’s God’s written revelation to us: God has revealed His purpose and plan for us in the Bible (2 Peter 1:20-21 & 2 Timothy 3:15-17) which was written over a 1,400-year period by over 40 writers from different socio-economic, professional and educational backgrounds. Written in 3 different languages on 3 different continents, yet it tells one unified story of God’s love and plan for the human race – telling us that He would send a Savior who would save and restore us to God by dying for our sins, which separate us from Him.

Because it’s one of the main ways God speaks to us: God has revealed Himself though creation (general revelation) and the Bible (specific revelation). We can know general things about God through His creation (Psalm 19:1-2; Romans 1:19-20), and we can know specific things about God through the Bible (Genesis 1:1, John 3:16…). God communicates to us through His Word, and we communicate to God through prayer. If we are to have a healthy functional relationship with God we need to allow Him to speak to us daily, and we must speak to Him daily. Think of it this way, if you rarely spoke to people who are important to you or they rarely spoke to you, how healthy would our relationships be?

Because it’s our instruction manual for successful living: God wants us to succeed (2 Peter 3:9b; 1 Timothy 2:4b; Jeremiah 29:11). The whole Bible tells us how God wants us to live so that we will be successful, which means that we will not experience self-inflicted problems and consequences from making choices contrary to His Word. The Bible is like a safety fence, if we stay within it, we will be protected; but if we go outside God’s protective standards then we are open to the negative, destructive consequences of our ungodly choices (Galatians 6:7-8; 1 Peter 5:8).

Because it tells us who God is, who we are, and what He did, does and will do for us: God tells us that He is eternal, perfect, Creator, Sustainer, all-knowing, all-powerful, in control, and has a purpose and plan for the human race. God tells us that we are sinners who have rebelled against Him and that our sin has separated us from Him. But because He loves us perfectly He has provided a way for us to be restored back to the harmonious relationship He created us for. God tells us how it all ends and what our eternal fate is. God has not left us in the dark; we are without excuse because He has told us everything we need to know about Him, about us, what He did, does and will do for us. It’s all written out for us in the Bible (Psalm 90:2; Matthew 5:48;Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:25-26; Isaiah 46:9-10; John 3:16). Click here to see what Jesus did for you.

Because it’s food for our soul: Physically, God created us with the need for food and water to keep us physically strong and alive. The same is true spiritually. In order to be strong and alive we need to take in God’s Word on a daily basis (John 6:35, Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:2). Without the nourishment of God’s Word we drift back to unhealthy living, reaping the negative consequences of our ungodly choices (Galatians 6:7-8).

Because it’s our compass for life: God’s Word shows us the right direction for navigating life according to the way he designed us to live. When we live life His way we experience all the joys and blessings of following God (Galatians 5:22-23). But if we don’t, we experience the negative consequences of those choices (Galatians 5:19-21; Galatians 6:7). Since God is the Creator of everything we would be wise to follow the One who knows the Way (John 14:6) that leads to a successful journey that leads us to the intended destination (2 Peter 3:9b; 1 Timothy 2:4b) .

Because it’s God’s love letter to us: God tells us how much He loves us (John 3:16), and demonstrated it by patiently and lovingly putting up with over 4000 years of rebellion by the human race against Him while He orchestrated His plan to rescue and redeem us through His Son Jesus Christ.

Because it’s our story: God tells us how He created us, provided for us, and how we rebelled against Him causing sin to enter the world. He tells how our rebellion damaged and separated us from Him, and how He fixed the relationship that we broke so we could come back to Him and live with Him forever.

Because it’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth: Our time here on planet earth is very short compared to eternity. God created us to live forever (Matthew 25:46). The question is will you live with Him in heaven or apart from Him in hell for eternity? God’s Word explains what we need to know about this choice, and when our time on earth is up He will honor our choice (Hebrews 9:27). Click here to choose Jesus.

Begin to read Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible) and discover the joy and benefits the psalmist found in reading God’s Word.

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YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life. The Bible App has been installed on more than 195 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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NeedHim.org is another place where you can chat online or call [888-NEED-HIM] to talk to someone about Jesus, or ask questions about God. You can also find a church in your community through this resource. Click here to learn more about Need-Him.

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JesusOnLine.com This website will also help you learn how you can know for sure you’re going to Heaven. Jesus Online has excellent “Discover Evidence”, “Receive Jesus” and “Follow Jesus” articles and resources.

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AnswersInGenesis.org has excellent resources about creation and the Creator.

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GotQuestions.org is an excellent non-video resource to get answers to many of the religious questions people are asking.

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Sharing the Gospel

The greatest thing you and I will ever do is share the Gospel with others. As followers of Jesus, sharing the Gospel with others is one of the greatest privileges and joys we can experience on planet earth; it’s also Jesus’ last instruction to His disciples and to us (Matthew 28:18-20).

The most important question anyone can ever ask and answer is “Do you know for sure you’re going to heaven?” This question deals with where we will spend eternity and nothing is more important. Think of anything you want, nothing you can talk about will ever be as important as talking to someone about eternal life.

There are two approaches I take when meeting someone, they are called “Minimal Evangelism” and “Conversational Evangelism”.

Minimal Evangelism is where you hand someone a LMIQ E-Card (Gospel Tract) and ask them if you can give them something to read when they get a chance. Minimally, this places the Word of God in their hand. From there I pray that God would use it to draw (John 6:44) that person to a personal relationship with Him.

Conversational Evangelism takes Minimal Evangelism one step further. Either before or after I hand someone a LMIQ Card, I ask them the first of four questions – “Can I ask you a personal question?” Sometimes I will skip question 1 and ask question 2 – “Do you know for sure you’re going to Heaven?” It just depends on the nature of the meeting and the leading of God’s Spirit.

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The key to talking to people about Jesus is asking 4 questions. People don’t like to be lectured; however, they do like to talk. That’s why asking questions is the best way to talk to people about Jesus.

I prefer the direct method. I believe it’s the most honest approach and avoids beating around the bush. No matter what the relationship, the best way to introduce the topic of the Gospel is by asking Question #1 – “Can I ask you a personal question?” This braces them for the next question and allows you to ask what I believe is the most personal thing you can talk to someone about – their eternal destiny. I have never had someone say no to this question, and I’m usually talking to people I don’t know and who don’t know me.

After the person has given me permission to ask them a personal question I ask them the most important question (Question #2) – “Do you know for sure you’re going to Heaven?” Usually, people are surprised by this question because it wasn’t something they were expecting. The majority of times people will say they believe they are or hope they are. No matter how they respond, you follow up with Question # 3 – “What do you understand it takes to get to heaven?” This question will identify what they believe it takes to get to heaven.

Most people believe that if they are going to heaven it’s because they are basically a good person. Most people wrongly believe that good works are what get us to heaven. According to the Bible, we get to heaven by faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says – 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works so that no one can boast. [also see Titus 3:5]

After someone gives a works answer I ask them Question # 4 – “What do you base that on?” or “Why do you believe that?” They usually come up with something other than the correct answer because the Bible does not support salvation by good works.

Once you ask what the basis of someone’s belief is, there are a lot of directions the conversation could go. The main thing to remember is to continue asking questions. The reason we ask questions is to engage them in a discussion and to reveal their ability or inability to back up what they think they know about eternal life. This isn’t mean-spirited, it is simply a fact that most people haven’t thought through this most important topic and can’t explain why they believe what they believe. [As followers of Jesus we are commanded to “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” 1 Peter 3:15.]

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Peace With God

Peace with God is a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website that shares how you can have “Peace with God” through Jesus. This website provides 4 steps to “Peace with God” using print and video as well as the option to chat live with people who are able to help you with any questions you may have. Click here to go to “Peace with God”

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Going Further provides you with the opportunity to take two free online courses to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus.

Course 1 – Know Jesus

This course is an introduction to the basics of what it means to know Jesus and live as a Christian.  It is an individual course with a one-on-one mentor called a Discipleship Coach. The interactive course includes five short lessons, with each focusing on one of the following questions:

1) What does it mean to have faith in Jesus?
2) Is there a guidebook to life?
3) Can I communicate with God?
4) How can I find real power to live God’s way?
5) So now what?

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Course 2 – Living In Christ

The aim of this course is to help you know what it means to live as a Christian. It consists of four lessons based on verses from the Gospel of John and other books of the Bible.  Click here to get started.

Growing Your Faith – Topics:  Find info, articles, and advice in this extensive spiritual topics listing. Click here to visit.

Daily Devotion – Enhance each day with verses from the Bible, reflections from Billy Graham, and prayer. You will find the strength, peace and comfort you need to strengthen your walk with Christ. Click here to visit.

How To Share Your Faith – Access practical evangelism tools and resources to help you share Jesus with others. Click here to visit.

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My Story

 

Renae's 50th Birthday (2)I was raised in a very good and loving Catholic family. I went to Catholic school for all but one year (K-12). Up until 30 years of age, I believed I was going to Heaven because I was comparatively a good person. I wasn’t a murderer, rapist, bank robber, drug dealer or committing any of the other “big” sins.

On April 23rd 1993 I was unemployed, married with 3 very young children and like any unemployed father of 3 small children, I was home watching Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. In the scene where Belle was singing “There must be more to this provincial life”, I agreed wholeheartedly with her. As I thought on that, I sensed a still small voice saying “There is, it’s about God”.

As I pondered that thought, I knew through my 18 years of church and Catholic school that Jesus had died on a cross for me. At that time I didn’t know a lot, but I knew that life was bigger than me, so I committed my life to Him and began my journey with Jesus. As I started my journey, I discovered that my comparatively good works were not getting me into Heaven because God’s standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48). I also discovered that it was and is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus that we get to Heaven. I didn’t earn it. It was a gift of God, not by works so no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

I’m not entirely sure why I thought that good works would get me into Heaven. But, two questions along with the previously mentioned Bible verse shattered that myth:

  1. If I could get to Heaven by good deeds then where is the line? How many good deeds do I need?
  2. If I could get to Heaven by my good works then why did Jesus come and die on the cross?

My wife and I started to attend church and as I sat there week after week I became frustrated because I wasn’t learning fast enough. I discovered that there was a lot that I didn’t know, and I knew I couldn’t live for someone I didn’t know. So I enrolled in online Bible School and began an eight-year journey discovering what an awesome God we have. I did not set out to get a Bachelor’s degree, but after 8 years I graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University.

I have been blessed beyond measure; my journey with Jesus has been far greater than anything I could have come up with on my own. I have been allowed by God to serve Him in many different ways over the past 20 years: working with at-risk teens, youth pastor, Bible teacher, Athletic Director, basketball and soccer coach, Interim Pastor, and Associate Pastor.

God has blessed me with a wonderful wife (1988) and a beautiful family (5 children and 3 grandchildren).  My wife and I are empty nesters who enjoy watching our children and grandchildren become all that God created them to become.

It has been a privilege living for Jesus since 1993 and serving Him in a variety of evangelistic and discipleship ministries since 1995 (click here to view ministry experience). In 2017 I continued this journey by starting Reach (Evangelism and Discipleship Training Ministry).

In 2018 I partnered with   as a certified trainer and look forward to how God will use Reach and    to train followers of Jesus on how to fulfill His “Great Commission” to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).

If you would like to talk to me about reaching your community with the Gospel through a Reach Initiative please contact me by emailing me at reach.lmiq@gmail.com

Blessings,

Tim

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North Point Online

North Point Online is the online ministry of North Point Community Church in the Atlanta (GA) area. This website provides you with a safe way to explore faith in Jesus and resources to help you grow in knowing God and discover the life He created you to live.

North Point Community Church  was founded and is led by Andy Stanley. Andy is the primary teacher and is a gifted leader and communicator. NPCC’s mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Click here for more information about NPCC.

Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 36,000 people attend one of NPM’s six Atlanta-area churches. To learn more and to access free online resources, visit www.northpointministries.org.

At North Point Online you can find current and past message series that I believe will help you grow in understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Click here to go to the “Messages” page. You can also watch NP messages on Roku.

Great messages series no longer on the list of messages:

Why in The World

Learn why in the world God would leave Heaven                                           and come to earth to live as one of us.

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The question that answers just about everything.

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‘I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do . . . For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.’ 

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What do you do when there’s nothing you can do? What do you do when you have a problem that seems to have no solution?

Re Solution

The cure for New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to become a better person, do something to make the world a better place.

By the way, you can watch as many messages as you would like. They are not just a “Sunday thing”. Enjoy!

If you are a new follower of Jesus or would like to learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus, let me encourage you to begin with the “Starting Point” series. Click here to begin.

Additional “Starting Point” resources that will help you with this series are the Starting Point Conversation Guide, the Starting Point Website, and the North Point App. Click on the blue links to go to those resources.

The Starting Point Conversation Guide is an excellent book that will provide you with a written record of the main points from the Starting Point messages and will help you reflect on central questions of faith and life.

You can purchase a hard copy of the book or you can download the guide to your Kindle. I recommend the Kindle version because it allows you to access all of your Starting Point resources on your computer and smart phone which allows you to highlight and write notes. Click here to download the free Kindle App.

The Starting Point Website will provide you with additional resources for each lesson in the “Starting Point Conversation Guide”.

After completing the Starting Point series, I would encourage you to watch the following series in this order: “Christian”, “Follow”, then “Brand New”. All of the North Point messages can also be watched or listened to on the North Point App.

If you are not currently attending a local church, let me encourage you to get caught up with the current series and then watch weekly to help stay encouraged. Most of the newer messages provide the full church service (contemporary worship music and message).

North Point Online is a supplement, not a substitute, for you being a part of a local church.

As awesome as North Point is, and as helpful as the resources may be, each of us were placed here on planet earth (Acts 17:26) to be a part of a local church (Hebrews 10:25). Therefore, use and enjoy these resources to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, but make sure you are using your gifts and talents to impact your community for Jesus as a member of a Bible believing, Bible teaching church in your community.

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