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Summary: This was a sermon that I gave to help launch a church wide Bible reading campaign

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Text: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Title: The importance of studying God’s Word

Introduction

Today we want to look at the importance of studying God’s Word; the Bible.

Our text is found in 2 Timothy 3:14-17

What we are about to read here in 2 Timothy 3:14-17 are some of the Apostle Paul’s final words.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learnt and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learnt it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

When it comes to the importance of studying God’s word there are 3 things that stand out for me from our passage. 3 things all of us have to have when it comes to the study of God’s word.

1.You and I have to have Conviction

2.You and I have to have Commitment

3.You and I have to have a Bible

Since #3 is a given I want to spend this time on what it means to have Conviction and what it means to have Commitment.

When it comes to the importance of studying God’s word

1.We have to have Conviction

2.We have to have Commitment

We see this in the very first verse of our text.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learnt (Commitment) and have become convinced of, (Conviction)”

Conviction and commitment go hand in hand

•We commit to our convictions

•Our convictions are…all the things we commit too.

Again when it comes to the study of God’s Word we have to have Conviction and we have to have Commitment

Question: Which of the 2 comes first? Conviction or Commitment?

“But as for you, continue in what you have learnt (Commitment) and have become convinced of, (Conviction)

I think that Conviction comes first. Commitment comes second.

Commitment follows conviction.

Too often we make the mistake of putting commitment first.

How often have we said to ourselves…”I need to commit to studying the bible more.”…

Truth: We are not going to keep our commitment to studying the bible more if …we don’t first -have strong convictions about it!

We can’t study the bible out of guilt –we have to study the Bible out of conviction.

Let’s look at Conviction

There are 2 convictions found in our passage

2 convictions I have to have if I’m going to be serious about studying the Bible.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

1.We have to have conviction about what the Bible is

2.We have to have conviction about what studying the Bible can do for us

1. What is the Bible?

There are probably a thousand different opinions out there on what the Bible is.

But the correct answer according to our text is that “All scripture is God- breathed”


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