TiO 15 – Alpha – How and Why Should I Read the Bible?
The Main Idea
The Bible is the single most popular, influential, and important book ever compiled. It contains the very words of God and points us to the very Word of God, Jesus.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: Would you consider yourself a reader? What was the last book you read?
Q2: How many books do you read a year? What kinds of books do you read?
Q3: When you were a child, did your parents read to you?
Read the scripture aloud: Luke 22:39-42
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
The Bible is the most important book ever put into the hands of people. It tells us about God. It tells us about his will for us. It tells us about sin, it tells us about the consequence of sin, and it tells us about a renewed relationship that we can have with God through Jesus. It tells us our history, it speaks to our present, and it tells us of our future.
But we, too often, take it for granted. We seek the will of God but we fail to look in the most obvious place: the words that God has left for us.
Q1: Have you found successful ways to turn Bible reading into an enjoyable habit? Share those with the group.
Pray together that God would give you the desire to be refreshed and enlightened by regular reading of the Bible. And then make a plan and follow it.