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Summary: We look at the importance of Bible reading and Bible study in the family and church. The word of God does the work of God!

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DOES THE CHURCH SUFFER BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF MY BIBLE READING AND STUDY?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Matthew 22:29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES, NOR THE POWER OF GOD.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now ye are the light in the Lord, walk as children of the light.

I Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow there by.

II PETER 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old times by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

I. Does the church suffer because we do not read and study the word?

A. Does the work of the Lord find hard spots because we don’t know His Word?

Matthew 22:29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES, NOR THE POWER OF GOD.

B. If we are so busy we don’t discipline our self in the word, we are too busy.

C. You will find time for what you love.

D. Is the giant of the TV stealing God’s study time?

Is the giant of sports killing us?

There is nothing wrong with TV, nor sports, --- it is the wrongful priority, by not being focused on the Bible.

E. I once read a survey that 80% of pastors did not read one chapter a day out of their Bible.

F. I heard a church leader say that he often heard complaints that the pastor would preach and never have his Bible and never read or quote one verse. This is very dangerous?

G. We must start young Christians on the lesson that Bible reading and study is life and death.

II. THE WORD OF GOD WILL KEEP US FROM SIN, AND SIN WILL KEEP US FROM THE WORD OF GOD!

Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

A. We know the Word of God does the work of God!

B. Being anemic in the word means an anemic life,

faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.

C. The Bible is more than a good book, the Bible is more than history,

the Bible is more than philosophy, the Bible is the word of God.

D. The Bible was given by God to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit moved on man to pen the words of God as a gift of God to man!

E. How do my friends know me? By my words and actions.

How can we know God? By His words and actions.

F. The Bible reveals God and His nature, it reveals Jesus -- God’s only son, it reveals the acts of the Holy Spirit.

G. The Bible is more than a good book, it is the inspired word of the Most High God.

All the canonized 66 books of the Bible are given by the man but through the inspiration of the Creator of the Universe.

H. The Bible does not just contain the word of God, the Bible is the only means that carry the word of God! It is holy and infallible.


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