Why and How to Study the Bible (PDF Download)

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James Boice

"It is not unusual in our day for men and women to have a low view of the Bible." This statement from the opening chapter is just as true today as it was when first written over forty years ago. Schools, workplaces, and even churches are filled with people who don't know (or don't care to know) what God has said in His Word. What's more, there are those who twist and distort the Scriptures, leading millions into false gospels (2 Pt. 3:16). In light of this, James Boice explains why we must turn back to read our Bible, and how we can so faithfully. As he concludes:

Paul encouraged Timothy to continue on the path of ministry he has been walking because “from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Why is the Bible able to do that? It is because it is “God-breathed.” That is, it is the very Word of God and therefore carries with it the authority and power of God. Yes, and it is useful too. It is useful for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:14-17). 

That is exactly it. That is what we need. It is what everybody needs. And only the Word of God is sufficient for it. 

Pages: 56
Publication Date: 1977, Revised in April 2018
Topic: Scripture, 

Table of Contents: 
1. The Purpose of Bible Study
2. The Perversion of Bible Study
3. Understanding God's Book
4. The Sufficiency of the Word of God