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GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
“Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 3”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The Lord said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word
that proceeds from the mouth of God,' Matthew 4:4.
Welcome to our study of passion for Bible study. We want to think
about how wonderful it is to study the Bible and why Christians ought to
study that to have a closer relationship with almighty God.
We hope you'll get your Bible handy as we're going to study this great
Throughout the Bible, there are great examples of people who were
passionate about a study of the scriptures. One of the best examples is that
of Hilkiah, the scribe, and Shaphan and Josiah, the king. For a long time,
the Word of God had been missing. It hadn't been a part of Israel's life, and
then in 2 Kings 22:8-11, they find the Word of God. He says, 'I found the
book of the law of the Lord in the temple', and from the king down they read
it, they changed their hearts and lives and they got right in the sight of God,
but with those words: 'I have found the book of the law of the Lord.' Can't
you hear the passion? Can't you see how excited those people are for
studying the Word of God?
Can you imagine this? Can you imagine living in a land where you
couldn't access the Bible very well? Can you imagine living somewhere
where every home didn't have a copy of the Bible, where maybe the Bible
wasn't as readily available? Imagine how excited we'd be if we didn't have
access to it and we found the Word of God. The Word of God is likely in
every one of our homes. Do we have that same passion for Bible study?
Another great example of someone who was passionate about God's
Word and Bible study is that of Job. Job said these words in Job 23:12, Job
said, 'I have not departed from the commandment of His lips'. He said of
God, 'Your word is more important than my necessary food.' How
passionate was Job about Bible study and the word of God? Think about it
this way, Job said, 'The Bible is more necessary, more important, than our
necessary food.' What happens if you don't eat? If you don't eat, you
eventually die. The body can't live without food. You've got to have food
taken in, calories taken in. You've got to have energy. Job said, 'God's
word is more important than our necessary food.' It's necessary even on a
higher level spiritually.
Another great example is that of the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah said
in Jeremiah chapter 15, 'Your words were found and I did eat them and
they were to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.' How did Jeremiah feel
about it? God's Word was something he found and it was a great joy and
something that caused rejoicing in his life.
Then probably one of the clearest examples is that of Jesus Christ.
Luke chapter two. Jesus is found in the temple, and He's sitting there
listening to the scribes. He's asking questions, and He is very concerned
about God and His Word.
Friend, let's think about our own lives now. These are examples of
great men of the Bible who were passionate about God's word. What about
us? Do we have that passion, that zeal, that excitement and joy for
studying the Word of God as we ought to? Let's think about why we ought
to do that today. Why is it that every child of God, every person, needs to
study the scriptures? Why do we need to have a passion for Bible study?
Friend, I can't be approved in the sight of God without having Bible
study as a part of my life. Listen to the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 2:15. The
Bible says, 'Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who
does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.' How do I
know I'm right with God? How do I know that I'm doing what God wants me
to? How do I know that I'm living right? How do I know that I have obeyed
the Gospel? How do I know that I'm following the truth? ‘Study to show
yourself approved unto God.’ We study so that we can know the Word from
God's very mouth. We study to know how we ought to live, what God's plan
of salvation is. Friend, that ought to give us a great sense of confidence
when we do that.
John said in 1 John 5:13-16, 'These things I've written to you, who
believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal
life.' We want to, as a newborn babe, we want to desire the pure milk of the
Word that we may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2 as Peter later said, 'We want
to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.' Jesus himself
said, 'If you love me, keep my commandments.' But how do I know I love
God? How do I know His commandments and know that I love Him if I don't
study his Word? Let's not be like those people in Hosea 4:6, who were
destroyed for a lack of knowledge, let's be good students. Let's be
Friend, think about it this way: Let's see the Word of God as it is. Do
we realize that this book, the Bible, is the very Word of the mouth of God
who created me, who one day I'm going to stand before as judge and who
one day we have the hope of living with forever? That's what the Bible is.
Every scripture, all scripture is God breathed and profitable, 2 Timothy
3:16. This is the very word from the mouth of God.
We also need to study the Bible because of the mass amount of
religious confusion in our world today. Would you say that we've got a lot of
confusion in the world today? Wouldn't you say there are a lot of people
teaching a lot of different things about Christ, about salvation, about how to
live, about moral things? How can I know what's right and wrong? Jesus
said, 'You can know the truth, and the truth will make you free.' John 8:32.
Jesus also said, 'God's Word is truth,' John 17:17. The Bible says, 'Do not
be ignorant, but understand the will of the Lord.' How do we do that? By
going to the Bible, to let it answer man's questions.
In Jeremiah 37:17, a wonderful question is asked there. 'Is there any
word from the Lord?' Paul would later say in Romans 4:3, 'What does the
scripture say?' Friend, with all the confusion about salvation, all the
confusion about the church, all the confusion today that exists over moral
ideas. Let's go to the Bible and let's ask, 'Is there any word from God on
this subject? What does the scripture say?' That's the only way to really
deal with the mass confusion that exists.
Ephesians 3:4 promises this, 'When you read', Paul said, 'You can
understand my knowledge and the mystery of Christ.' We can know God's
will and we can understand, but because of all the confusion, it's necessary
that we don't just believe. Somebody says, 'this is what the Bible teaches
and what you need to believe.' Another person over here says, 'No, the
Bible teaches this and this is what you need to believe.' How do I determine
what I need to believe? I don't listen to this person and I don't necessarily
listen to this person. I listen to this book. I read for myself. I study for
myself. I see what the Bible says and I believe and do what it says because
God said so, not because of man.
We also need to study the scriptures to make sure that we're right in
the sight of God. I want you to look at this passage with me in Acts chapter
17. This emphasizes the personal responsibility of studying the scripture to
make sure that I'm right, that I'm in a right spiritual condition with almighty
God. Acts 17:11 Paul says, 'These were more fair-minded than those in
Thessalonica in that they received the Word with all readiness and
searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.' The
apostle Paul comes to the region of Berea. He takes the Gospel to these
people. They open the door. Paul is there, and they don't shut the door in
his face. They receive that with readiness of mind. They're ready to listen to
Paul. They sit down. Paul tells them about the Gospel, about Jesus, about
the prophecies, about the scriptures that proved that, and what do they do?
They search the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Friend, listen very carefully, just because somebody tells you, 'This is
what you need to do to be saved', or just because you've heard all your life,
'This is what you need to do to be saved', don't believe it for those reasons.
That's why God gave us the Bible. We need to study for ourselves to make
sure we're right with God. Listen very carefully. There have been millions of
people who have been taught ways of error about salvation.
Oftentimes people are told, 'To be saved here's what you need to do.
You need to say the Sinner's Prayer.' They'll say something, some prayer
like this, 'Dear Jesus, I recognize as you as Savior. I ask you to come to my
life and heart and save me right now. In Jesus' name, Amen.' Friend, here's
what's interesting about that. You can study your own Bible from Genesis
1:1 to Revelation 22:21, you don't find the Sinner's Prayer one time. So
many people have been told that's what they need to do to be saved and
that's not even in the Bible one time! Search it for yourself and see.
What does that illustrate? There are people teaching false ways of
salvation. There's a whole multitude following that to the road that leads to
destruction. Friend, I need to study my Bible myself to make sure that I am
right in the sight of God. Isn't that what Timothy says? 'Study', Paul said to
Timothy, 'Study to show yourself approved unto God,' 2 Timothy 2:15.
Why do I need to study my Bible? I need to study so that I can
answer the skeptic and teach the lost. 1 Peter 3:15 says, 'Be ready always
to give an answer to anyone asking you for the reason of the hope that is
within you with meekness and fear.' I need to study to be able to give an
answer. To who, the skeptic who says there is no God? The skeptic who
says Christ is not real? Someone who says, 'How can we trust the Bible.'? I
need to study to say, 'Okay, here's the evidence. Here's what the scripture
says. Here's the proof of these things.'
We also need to teach the lost. I want to give an answer of the hope
that is within me. Why do we live with hope? Why are we Christians this
happy all the time? Why do we have the joy that passes and the peace that
passes all understanding? What is it that makes Christians unique? I need
to be able to share that hope, the Good News of Jesus. That He gives
meaning, purpose, freedom from sin, and that joy that surpasses all
understanding is a part of the Christian life.
Jesus asked of me and you that we go into all nations, that we go into
all the world and that we preach the Gospel unto every creature, Matthew
28:18, Mark 16:15. 'Those who have been called out of darkness have
been called to proclaim the praises of us who are called out of darkness.'
God has called me and you as Christians to study the Word of God so that
we can share with others that great message.
Friend, there's another practical reason as to why we need to be
passionate about Bible Study. We need to be good students and
passionate about Bible study so that we can avoid sin in our life.
Let me give you a couple of examples. In Matthew four, Jesus is
going to be tempted by Satan. Satan pretty much throws the whole gambit
at him. He throws everything he can at Jesus: Lust of the flesh, lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life. He tries every way possible. At one point, he
knows Jesus is hungry. He knows that he's been without food and been in
the wilderness 40 days. He's hungry, so he says to Jesus, 'If you're the Son
of God, prove it. Turn these stones to bread.' How did Jesus deal with that
temptation? 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God.' The three ways Satan tempted Jesus,
how did he overcome those? Every time, he said this, 'It is written, it is
written, it is written.' Jesus saw the value and was passionate about Bible
study because that was a way to avoid sin in his life. Listen to Psalm
119:11. The Psalmist said it so beautifully, 'Your Word I've hidden in my
heart', why, 'That I may not sin against You.'
Friend, there's a multitude of people going down the path to
destruction, Matthew 7:13-14. Satan is going to do his best to get us to live
wrong and do wrong. It was said to Cain, who murdered his brother Abel in
Genesis 4:7, 'Sin lies at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master
it.' How do you master and overcome sin? Through the Word of God.
Proverbs 13:15, the Bible clearly teaches the way of the transgressor, it's a
hard way to live, but we can know what's right and we can do what's right
and according to the scripture, we can overcome sin and be victorious in
Why study the Bible? Friend, as you're living your life, when Satan
throws something at you, when we have to deal with whatever it is, anger,
when we're tempted to give in to some sin, when something is coming into
our life ... If I've got the Bible as part of my repertoire, if the Bible is a good
working knowledge in my life, when that temptation arises, you know what
also arises, those Bible passages. Those Bible verses. Those scriptures
that ought to come flooding to my mind and the principles of God ought to
be a part of my life.
Here you've got Satan and he's tempting us. He's throwing things at
us. What kind of defense do I have to that? When those temptations arise,
those Bible verses, those Bible passages, those principles ought to rise up
with it and ultimately combat that temptation and help us, if we're willing, to
As we think about having a passion for Bible study, we also want to
emphasize today the type of attitude, the type of mindset, the type of heart
that a person ought to have that would promote good passionate Bible
study in their life. What kind of attitude and what kind of mindset do I need
to have to really have good Bible study?
First, I need to have a belief, a conviction, in the divine inspiration of
the Bible. What is it that will promote me to really be a good student of the
Bible? Friend, if I'm convinced 100% in my heart that this is God speaking
to man, that this is God's Word and that it applies to my life today, friend
that's going to make me sit up and listen up. Psalm 119:160, 'the entirety of
God's Word is truth.’ ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God,' 2 Timothy
3:16. ‘Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.’ This
book is God's truth. This book God breathed out for me and you. When
Paul or Peter or some Bible writer picked up pen, it was the Holy Spirit of
God that was the driving force behind that.
It's as David said, I love these words in Second Samuel 23:2, David
said, 'His Word', God's Word, 'Was on my tongue.' That's the way we
approach the Bible. John 16:13, Jesus made the promise to his apostles
that the Holy Spirit would come and he would guide them into all truth.
Friend that did happen. As Jude three verse says, 'We have everything we
need for life and godliness.' 2 Peter 1:3, 'And that once for all delivered
faith is available for man today.'
This becomes so practical. Listen very carefully. When I approach
this book as the Word of God, I realize its relevance to my life and to yours.
2 Peter 1:3 says this, 'As His divine power has given to us all things for life
and godliness', a belief that this is God's Word and a belief that this has
everything I need to live the best life and to be like God. That type of
attitude will promote good Bible study in every person's life.
Secondly, we mentioned that the type of attitude a person needs to
really have passionate Bible study is a good respect for the authority of the
scriptures, the absolute authority of God's Word. What do we mean? John
2:5 sets the model for every Christian. Jesus’ mother has requested that
He fill the water pots to wine in John chapter two. Somehow, she
recognizes that He is going to do that. Mary turns to the servants who are
about to fill those water pots up and she says these words: 'Whatever He
says to you, do it.' Friend, that's what we're talking about. Whatever Jesus
says, I want to have the mindset that I'm going to do it. I want to realize all
authority has been given to Jesus in heaven and on earth. I want to realize
that Colossians 3:17 says, 'Whatever the Christian does in word or deed,
they're to do all in the name of or by the authority of our Lord and Savior,
To motivate me to really have passion for Bible study, I need the
attitude and I need to realize on the Day of Judgment this is going to be our
judge. John 12:48, Jesus said, 'He who rejects me, does not receive my
Word, has that which judges him. The Word that I have spoken will judge
him in the last day.' This is God's Word. This is going to be our judge. We
live by it. It's our authority and we must not go beyond the authority of
God's divine Word.
Then a third mindset or attitude that will really promote good Bible
study is an attitude of utmost submissiveness and humility.
Let me give you the example. 1 Samuel chapter three. I want to read
these words to you. The context is Samuel is being called by God. In 1
Samuel chapter three he's been called multiple times. He's being called by
God. I want you to notice what is said by the old man there who
encourages Samuel in the right way. 1 Samuel 3:10 the Bible says these
words, Eli says in verse 9, “Therefore Eli said to Samuel, 'Go lie down and
it shall be if God calls you that you must say, 'Speak Lord, your servant
hears.'' So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and
stood and called another time, 'Samuel! Samuel!’'' You listen to this
attitude. “And Samuel answered, 'Speak Lord, for your servant hears.’''
That's the attitude that we need to promote good Bible study, an
attitude of humility and an attitude of submissiveness. Luke 14:11,
'Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. He who exalts himself, he'll be
humbled.' Let's not have a high and holy attitude or a better than thou
mindset. ‘Remember, pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit
before a fall.’ I want that attitude of Isaiah, 'Here am I, send me.' Isaiah
chapter six. I want that attitude of Samuel, 'Speak Lord. Your servant
hears.' That's the humility that'll really make us serve God to the best of our
To have good Bible study and to really have a passion about it, I
need an overriding desire, more than anything else in my life, to go to
Do you really want to go to heaven above all else? Listen to what
Paul said again. 'For to me, to live is Christ. To die, that's a gain.' Paul saw
going to heaven as the ultimate gain, as the ultimate goal. The Psalmist
said in Psalm 116:15, 'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his
saints.’ ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord,' Revelation 14:13. Do
we really have that desire to go and be with Jesus? Jesus said, 'I go to
prepare a place for you. If I go, I'll come again and receive you to myself
that where I am, there you may be also.' Don't you want to go to that place
that Jesus describes as a place of rest? Hebrews chapter four, Heaven is
described as a place of being with God forever. Matthew 6:9 Heaven is
described as a place where all the saints of old are going to be.
We’ve got to have in this life, a passion for Bible study.
Let's again, make it practical. Let's think about our own life. I ask
myself as you ask yourself, 'Are we really studying the scriptures like we
ought to? Are we really, really passionate about the Word of God? Do we
really believe that this book is from the mouth of God? Do we really, are we
convicted that this will save us from the Devil and his temptation?
The Word of God is ‘living, powerful, sharper than any two edged
sword', Hebrews 4:12. 'That if we receive with meekness the implanted
word, it'll save our soul', James 1:21. If so,
We need to be willing first of all to obey the Gospel. Do you believe
that Jesus is the Son of God? John 8:24. Would you be willing to repent of
sin in your life? Acts 3:19. Would you acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of
God and the Savior of the world? Matthew 10:32-33. Would you do what
Jesus said to be saved? 'He that believes and is baptized will be saved.'
Maybe as a child of God, you've not been studying the scriptures. We
hope the encouragement that all of us have received today from the Word
of God will encourage us and will motivate us to really put our heart and life
into studying the Gospel of Christ, which is able to save us from sin.
Study Questions for: “Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 3”
1. According to Matthew 4:4, what shall man live by?
2. In Job 23:12, what did Job say was more of a necessity than food?
3. What does Jeremiah 15 say of God’s word?
4. What was Jesus doing in the temple in Luke chapter 2?
5. According to 2 Timothy 2:15, what must we do to be approved in the sight
6. According to 1 Peter 2:2, what should we grow in?
7. According to 2 Timothy 3:16, where does the scripture come from?
8. According to John 17:17, what is truth?
9. In Acts 17:11, why were the Bereans more fair-minded?
10. Why should we study scripture according to 1 Peter 3:15?