Three Reasons to Study Bible Doctrine

Study to Show Thyself Approved

Study to Show Thyself Approved

1. Learning the truth, we grow in faith, obedience, and righteousness.

  • Doctrine is the real foundation of good works (1 Timothy 6:3; Titus 1:1; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Peter 1:3-7)

2. Using the milk of the Word and growing to the meat, we increase in discernment (Hebrews 5:11-14).

  • Wisdom and discernment is what is needed in a thousand questions of everyday life
  • It betrays immaturity when people only want the short, quick answers

3. Doctrinal study gives clarity, focus, and ultimate meaning to our lives.

  • Without it we do not know who we are, where we are, nor where we are going, and we certainly don’t know much of who God is. This leaves us open and vulnerable to deception (Ephesians 4:4)
    • One example is the insecurity and lack of assurance of many professed Christians
      • John wrote that we may know (1 John 5:3)

The question is: Are you studying? (2 Timothy 2:15)

A Consecution of Salvation Texts in John’s Gospel

John 17:6
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

John 10:14
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

John 10:3
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

John 10:4-5
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 6:37
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 10:27
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:15
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

John 10:28
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 6:39
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 10:28
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 17:10
And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

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