There are probably many reasons from several standpoints for why one should study the Bible. The biblical historian might approach it from the truths uncovered through history. An archeologist might give an answer based on analysis of ancient artifacts, inscriptions, or monuments. The theologian could probably give reasons from the theories on God and study of divine things. I can suggest an answer from a not so academic, but personal perspective.

Think about that “best friend” kind of friendship. I contend that the more time spent with that friend, the closer knit that mutual friendship becomes. By hanging out together, opportunities increase to share experiences. Confidences are shared. The desire to be with that person simply develops and brings those friends close. There are probably times when that particular one will say or do something to encourage and lift spirits and help solve challenges. That best friend, from time to time, provides a sounding board and just listens. The more time spent together nurturing the friendship; the friendship deepens and gets better, and loving and comfortable.

Scripture verifies that Jesus Christ is our friend: “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” (John 15:15 New Living Translation) (More context: John 15: 14-16). Prayer and Bible study are ways to hang-out with Jesus and get to know him better. Study of the scriptures helps in nurturing, maturing, growing, and sharing the loving nature of Christ-centered friendship. Bible Study within a group gives the opportunity to help and be helped in developing a relationship and nurturing a loving companionship with God and Jesus Christ.

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