Why Study the Bible? (Sufficiency)

by Joe Bayless

by Joe Bayless


I. The Bible is sufficient (2 Tim. 3:14-16)

a. Sufficiency means that the Bible is enough for us to know God and how to obey Him.

– Nothing replaces the Bible or is more important for knowing God and His commands.

b. Sufficiency means that the Bible is enough to train us how to live a godly life. (2 Tim. 3:17)

– Living in a godly manner is the goal of Scripture.


II. The Bible is sufficient to answer questions about our Christian life. (Ps. 119:105)

a. The Bible provides specific guidance for us. (Examples: Matt . 5:43-45; 6:31-34, Ephesians 6:1-3, James 1:19-20)

b. The Bible provides general principles for questions that aren’t specifically answered. (1st Cor. 10:31)


III. The Bible’s sufficiency should encourage us to study it more often. (Ps. 119:14-16, 103)

a. There is no other place for us to go to learn how to obey God.

b. As we read the Bible more, we will become better trained to do good works.

c. Because the Bible contains answers for how to live obediently to God, we should make reading it a priority in our lives.



Small Group Discussion Questions:

1. Do you believe the Bible contains answers to your questions about God and how to please Him? On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you of this?

2. Has the Bible ever helped you deal with something in your life? Describe your experience.

3. Do you plan on making Bible reading more of a habit now that you know God will provide answers for your questions? What are some things in your life that you can get rid of to help you read the Bible more?









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