Bible study is foundational for our spiritual health. Unfortunately, too many Christians are either satisfied with a surface knowledge of scripture or think that since they have discovered the correct doctrinal positions on key issues they have arrived. This is hurtful to the individual and to the cause of Christ. As disciples of Christ we need to trust that whatever God revealed, he intended for us to know. When God revealed Isaiah, Zechariah, and Chronicles, he expected us to diligently seek to understand these books.
We cannot be content with mainly “scriptural facts” lest we miss out on the beauty of the mind of God. Paul said that the Holy Spirit had revealed “the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10). Before marrying, couples spend hours upon hours talking, asking questions, and learning about one another. Women especially want to know what is really going on in their husband’s mind. It should be our overriding passion to be with the Lord. So, do we truly know him? Are we excited to discover all we can about our spiritual husband? And if we are not searching the deep things of his mind and learning how wonderful he is, how will we motivate those around us to also pursue the Lord?
Bible study, like marriage was designed to be enjoyed. If we are not enjoying it, we are just not doing it right. It is evident that most Christians would love to know God and his word more thoroughly. So what is the problem? Below are seven typical mistakes Christians make that keep them from a more enjoyable Bible study experience.
Enjoying Bible study and using our study time effectively is imperative. If we do not study efficiently so that God stirs our soul, we will not enjoy our study. And if we do not enjoy our study, we will likely stop studying and growing closer to the Lord.
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