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The Importance of Scripture

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

For some Christians, reading the Bible is not really an important activity. All they want is to be saved, to be active members of a congregation and to participate in Church activities. Once they can prove their works and have witnesses to their commitment to spiritual things, they believe they are mature Christians. They are so comfortable in their comfort zone that they refuse to be helped.

What does the Bible tell us? First, the Scriptures are inspired by God. Second, it is useful for teaching us the righteousness of God and, third, for equipping us to do good works. Note that doing good works comes last on the list. Which means that knowledge of the word of God must occupy the first place in our life. Without it, we cannot know God, walk in sanctification, and do His will. If the Bible is not the foundation of your faith, your works will be in vain.

If you are one of those who stick only with the known verses or who avoid topics that are a little too strict because they touch on your bad habits, know that you will never achieve God's purpose in your life. The purpose of the scriptures is to help you know God better and walk in sanctification. Remember that the only way to become spiritually mature is to study the word, for it was inspired to teach, to reproof, to correct, and to that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

May the grace and peace of God be with you all.

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