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Every Last Drop - Getting the Most out of Bible Study

Recently I have discovered the joy of eating a fresh pomegranate.  To those who have experienced the satisfaction of successfully retrieving the juicy and succulent juice-packed seeds that form the "meat" of a pomegranate know that every last drop of pomegranate goodness is intently pursued with a great deal of attention given to the preparation of the delicious fruit for eating.

What if studying the Bible was like preparing and eating a pomegranate?  I mean, what if we pursued the "juicy seeds" of Scripture with the same passion and determination as we do for that last drop of juice from our favorite fruit?  Of course, to find out you will just have to come to church on Sunday! (or you can read my sermon outline here).

In the mean time, take a look at these seven reasons to study Scripture:

By studying the Bible:

  1. We receive confirmation of God's promises through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:11-14)
  2. We are given life purpose and a foundation (Psalm 1:1-6,  Psalm 25:5)
  3. We are equipped with a weapon for spiritual battles (Ephesians 6:17)
  4. We are energized and receive new life (Ezekiel 37:5)
  5. Our thoughts and motives are exposed to God's redemptive and healing power through the death and resurrection of Jesus (Hebrews 4:12-16)
  6. We are made holy (1 Timothy 4:4-5)
  7. We remember the teachings of our leaders and are strengthened by grace (Hebrews 13:7-9)

Let me know what you think!  Post your comments to any of my posts!


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