Why Study the Christian Faith?
Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).His invitation to come and learn from Him is still valid today.
Practiced from the Beginning
Furthermore, regular study about God and His Word was something believers practiced from the beginning. The Christian church began on the Day of Pentecost when 3,000 people placed their faith in Jesus. Immediately they began learning about their new-found faith. The Bible says the following about these new converts:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42).
There was a central core of beliefs that the Scripture calls the “apostles’ teaching.” This is what the believers devoted themselves to learning. The devotion of the early church to the study of God’s Word is a model for all believers. Those who believe in Jesus are commanded to follow their example.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by Him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
Faith Has Been Delivered
The Bible says that these truths have been once-and-for-all delivered to the saints:
Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you about the salvation we share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3).
Not in Systematic Fashion
Though God has revealed a core of teachings to humanity, He did not lay them out in a systematic way. Rather He placed them in His Word in such a way that we are to search them out for ourselves. There is great reward when the Bible student explores God’s Word to seek out the truth of His character and His plan for humanity.
The Bible commands believers to practice the things that are learned.
Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Timothy 4:16).
A Sign of the End - Rejection of the Faith
In addition, serious Bible study can keep people from being deceived. The Bible says that one of the signs of the last times is the renouncing of the faith by many.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).
Careful study of the Bible will keep a person from believing in false teaching.
Many Reasons To Study
The study of the Christian faith is something of immense importance. Those who place their faith in Jesus are to learn about Him and practice the things they learn. The Bible says that God has once-and-for-all revealed a central core of truths to humanity. The believers in the early church devoted themselves to studying these great truths. Scripture commands all believers to do the same. By doing so, a person can live a full life that is well-pleasing to God. In addition, studying the Bible will keep one from falling into false doctrine.
Because of these reasons, serious study of the Bible is a must for those who have believed in Jesus. We trust that our series of courses will aid the student in their understanding of God’s Word. It is with this thought in mind that we offer the Blue Letter Bible Institute.