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This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel. This is part 2 of 10 in the Basic Practices for Growing Christians series.

To thrive in our physical life, we need nourishment. The same is true in our spiritual life. We get the nourishment we need to grow from reading the Bible.

Reading the Bible Will Benefit You

The Bible is our source of the nutrients we need to feed our soul.

1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV) As newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.

This verse talks about desiring the word of God. It is possible to develop a desire or a taste for the Bible, just as one might develop a taste for a certain food or activity.

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The pathway to success in life is to meditate on and observe God’s word. The Bible is God’s recipe for life. God has revealed in Bible how he created the world to work.

Thus to live life in rhythm with God, we must live in rhythm with his word.

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Stick to the Right Diet

While in training, an athlete will eat the right things in the right proportions, not to lose weight, but to achieve peak fitness. In the same way, the Bible nourishes and empowers us so that we can live life to the fullest. For example, the Bible teaches us how to handle finances, what to do about temptation, how to discern God’s guidance, and much more. That’s why it is the key to success in life.

Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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Build Spiritual Immunities

Just as a healthy diet helps the body develop immunity to diseases, the Bible helps us prevent sin and moral failure.

Psalm 119:11 (NLT) I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

As the Bible comes to inform our perspective on every matter and becomes a constant part of our decision-making process, our sinful nature and lower desires are not allowed to lead our life.

Matthew 4:4 (NKJV) But Jesus answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Just as we eat and drink every day, we need to read and study the Bible every day. No one would survive on one meal a week. In the same way, Christians need more than a weekly sermon to thrive spiritually.

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Practical Tips for Bible Reading

The Bible was not given just to make us more knowledgeable, but to transform our lives. Beyond just gaining understanding, look to the Bible with the goal of applying it to life issues. Use the Bible to replace the patterns of negative thoughts in your head with biblical truth. Look to the Bible to give you wisdom and encouragement with the challenges of life.

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You can see how important the Bible is for every Christian. It is critical that you open your Bible and study it on a regular basis, day in and day out. Start with just a few minutes, then increase as you are able. Because if you feed on God’s word, you will grow. If you don’t do it, your growth will be stunted. So don’t miss out on the power of God’s word in your life.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What is the longest time you have gone without food? How did that affect you physically?
  4. Tell us about your first Bible. When and how did you get it? What was it like? Do you still have it?
  5. Think of the last time you read your Bible. What did you read? What did you learn? Was there something you put into practice?
  6. Read Psalm 1:1-3. Discuss the promised benefits that come from knowing and applying God’s word to your life.
  7. Read Joshua 1:8. What does it mean to meditate on God’s word? How can you incorporate this practice into your life?
  8. Refer again to Joshua 1:8. Why is it important to apply, not just learn, what’s in the Bible? What might this look like in a practical issue in your life?
  9. Read James 1:21-25. What will the Bible accomplish in our lives? What is our role?
  10. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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