40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 5 – Bible Study

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17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:17 – 18)

 

As reminder, the theme for our 40 days journey this year is God’s Glory.  We kicked things off last week by considering passages about Moses and Jesus.  Starting today, we turn our attentions to the Spiritual Disciplines, and Bible Study will be the first Discipline we focus on.  Over the next three days, we will focus on the relationship between Bible study and God’s glory.

 

In 2 Peter 3:17 – 18, the Apostle Peter concludes his letter with the instruction for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Our primary source of  knowledge of Jesus is the Bible, and if we are going to experience God’s glory and give God glory we need instructions from God’s word.  Unfortunately, many of us want to jump straight to experiencing God’s glory without experiencing the growth that comes from consistent Bible study.

 

Question

What is your reaction to the following statement? “We don’t have deeper experiences of God’s glory because we are not growing, and we are not growing partly because we are not diligently studying God’s word.”

12 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 5 – Bible Study

  1. I agree with this statement because I see other scriptures in the Bible that talks about the importance of studying God’s word. One such scripture is 2 Timothy 2:15 which states “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” In order for us to grow in the knowledge of Jesus we must diligently study His word so that we can know Him and experience His glory on a deeper level. In the banking sector the staff have to study a real bill in order to detect the counterfeit. There are specific things that they look for in every real bill and if they don’t see it they could tell that it’s a counterfeit. To truly grow in the knowledge of God we must study the Bible because it’s the real source that provides the truth about God and who He is and it helps us to detect the counterfeit because we know the truth.

  2. I would agree with that statement. Getting more into His Word illustrates His amazing love, grace, mercy, fairness and justice.

  3. Such a true statement. There are people who read the Bible. There are even people who diligently set aside time each day and “have their devotion”. Then there are those who “get in a zone”. They dig deep in the Word every day or almost every day, and when they do, they block every thing out, read God’s Word, study it, meditate on it, think about how they can better their life with it, and then reflect it by the way they live their life on a daily basis.

    These are the people who typically have deeper experiences of God’s Glory. I want that experience.

  4. I would agree. I’m not even sure I know what diligently studying the Word looks like and how I would find time to participate.

    Today I’m thankful for moments of solitude, reading (listening) the Bible, meditating on His Word, listening to sermons and time to read books that give insight into the meaning and application.

  5. No truer statement.
    Knowledge is power.
    I hope I can do this and grow in the word.

  6. The questions asked each day have been very thought provoking, helping me to have a greater & more meaningful understanding of God’s Word. A key approach which I need to consistently have is the last 4 words of the statement…….’diligently studying God’s Word’.
    I need to learn to ask ‘certain questions’, for a clearer understanding, to see His glory.

    2 Timothy 3: 16 & 17 comes to mind
    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

    I certainly agree with the statement.

    I realize that I have not always recognized the glory of God in some situations where I have experienced His grace/ mercy.

  7. My reaction to this statement, is that it is true, and that it is an area in my personal walk with God that requires growth.
    Why is it true, one might ask: one of the ways we know to expect God to show his glory is by seeing it depicted as we did over the last couple days in Moses’ life by reading the bible book of Exodus,
    we also get knowledge of what to expect when God’s glory shows up and what is required for his glory to show up… if we didnt delve into his word, then the thought of God’s glory or seeking it out in our daily walk would be a more distant concept and not something that we may come to God in prayer for …
    Diligently reading, dividing and studying God’s word i think helps to equip us with the tools needed to experience more of God’s glory.

  8. Yes I agree with the statement. Makes absolute sense. However I would very much like to know what diligent study means so I might have the means to apply it to my own wonky life.

    I know that I am not meeting that standard. My own natural desire to read Gods word has waned, I feel considerably. Once I start reading the Word, I can’t wait to get it over with. So I know work is needed in the vineyard. Still, I always delight when I hear a good word and I am often blessed to listen to learned pastors on fire with faith. Tears will come as I marvel at the good news and to find such faith, it’s like I forget – then the memory astonishes me – a Dory from finding Nemo moment.

    I forget then I’m reminded. Perhaps this is an illustration along the spectrum of what is mean’t by the statement

  9. I agree with the statement. As a Christian we need to live under the inspiration of the Word of God. If we abide in his word, the journey to this life will be easier and we can keep our joy that comes from glorifying our Lord in all that we say and do. God’s word reflects his love that refreshes our soul.

  10. I agree with the statement. Unfortunately, our initial response to most situations in this life is based on our knowledge and experiences. Our reliance on God only comes when our approach is unsuccessful.

  11. Not surprisingly, there is unanimous agreement with the statement. Also not surprisingly many of us struggle with “diligent” Bible study. A few have asked what does “diligent Bible Study” mean. If you have the time, click on the Disciplines tab of this website and read the short write-up on the Discipline of Bible Study. I would also add that the people whose Bible Study habits I have really admired demonstrate the following acts of diligence:

    1) They are prayerful while studying. 2) They are consistent in spending time reading and seeking to understand passages of scripture in context. 3) Many of them keep notes that they come back to. 4) They find the time and place to avoid distraction. 5) Many participate in some form of group Bible study. 6) They make practical use of what they study and discuss it. 7) They seek help from trusted sources (physically and/or on the internet).

    I would love to hear what other good examples of diligent Bible study you practice or you have observed.

    Hopefully this adds some color to the notion of diligence.

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