Bible Study Series: Lesson 1 (Our Motivations)

This bible study course is adapted from Chapel Library‘s course on biblical study methods.

The course is in 2 parts, with a total of 18 lessons and it comes with increasing depth and insight so that as you follow along, your understanding of the Scriptures, as you apply the methods, would deepen.

We go straight away to stating the motivation for proper bible study:

Why do we have a course like this? How important is it? And if it is important, to whom is it important? In answering these questions, we will discover that this course is necessary for several reasons.

Lesson 1 WHAT IS OUR MOTIVATION?

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” – 2 Tim. 2.15

1. Service – Equipping the Saints for Service
The Word of God is vital for the local church in the calling out, training and equipping of people for works of service. Feeding and acting upon the Word is how the body is built-up and brought to maturity (Ephesians. 4:11-16).
Ultimately God’s design is for local churches to be the “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1Timothy. 3:15) in the communities in which God has placed them.

2. True Worship – Our Deep and Lasting Joy
Directly related to sanctification is the Word of God (John 17:17) and our deep and lasting joy (John 15:11).
It would seem that God would desire His children to be like Jeremiah of old in our pursuit of pleasure in Him:
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).

3.Leadership – Training Elders and Pastors
The building up and strengthening of the body entails the calling out and equipping of men for Elder-Pastoral leadership. Scripture clearly highlights the need for local church elders to be able to handle accurately the Word of truth. They are to deal with issues related to sound doctrine and discernment, and have the ability to confront and refute that which is false. (See 2 Timothy. 2:15, 1Timothy. 3:2, Titus 1:9; 2 Peter. 3:16).
Every aspect of every elder’s ministry (and any other ministry for that matter) is dependent on a love for the truth and recognition of its centrality in all that we do (Deuteronomy 32: 47, 2Timothy 3:16, 17).

4. Sound Doctrine – Absolute Truth.
We live in a period in human history in which the belief in “Absolute Truth” is being vigorously challenged and the prevalent mindset, even among so called Christians is that of relative truth. People talk in terms of “what the bible means to me”, “the way I like to think about God”, “what MY God says” etc. It is such that truth is now a function of a person’s preferences and opinions. In fact, for many the non-existence of absolute truth is not even a significant question.
But, Is there such a thing as absolute truth, truth which is universal, applying in all situations and to every person without exception?
Can we arrive at it?
Is the Bible accurate, inerrant, and sufficient to deal with life (2 Timothy 3:15-17, Heb. 1:1, 2 Peter. 1:21)?
Can we deal with the attacks on the Bible by cults, culture, false religions, and secular “counseling” strategies?
The Bible tells us the answer to the above four questions is… YES!

5. Evangelism – Declaring God’s Glory among the Nations
The ultimate goal of this (and all) equipping must somehow find itself expressed in the Glory of God among the nations, beginning with our own neighborhood. There is something wrong with a devotional life that does not burst forth with JOY to tell others about the Good News—and the Good News Giver! There is a missionary purpose in all that we study and do, for our God is a missionary God in the sense that His highest desire is the proclaiming of His name throughout all the earth. (See Psalm 67, Psalm 96, Ephesians 1, and numerous texts that explain the God-centeredness of all God does.)

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