The Bible is about God, not about us. As a believer, we read the Bible to learn more about who God is, be transformed by His Word, and draw nearer to Him.
Most of us build relationships by learning about another person and their history. We meet up for a meal, attend Bible study, go to church groups, and connect over like interests. We tend to have that one person or close friends that we talk with daily and share our hearts with. This is what builds our tribe, our social network, and our fellowship community.
Likewise, God desires to have an ongoing relationship with us as well. He invites us to get to know Him through reading His Word (the Bible), prayer, worship, and quiet time with Him. Within these modes of communication, God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit to deepen our relationship with Him. Reading the whole Bible at least once a year is a great way to know God and His Word for yourself.
Reading the Bible is not always an easy task. Especially if you don't know where to start or how to do it, that is why Bible Tutoring and Discipleship are so valuable. They help a person gain the skills needed to understand the Bible in its context along with the Holy Spirit. Which in turn helps the person to draw near to God and grow in relationship with Him.
Knowing how to read and understand the Bible is especially helpful when coming across passages that don't make sense to us or that we disagree with. Our cultural norms will, at times, clash with and disagree with what the Bible says and what God designed for us.
We should not "cherry-pick" out verses in the Bible that make us feel good or change the Bible to fit us or our culture. Nor should we omit or not read parts of the Bible because we disagree or don't understand it. When we do this, the Bible becomes about us. We become the center of the story instead of God and His design for His creation. Our understanding and view of God become distorted. The Bible is the infallible and inerrant word of God.
Just as you took time out of your day to read this article to learn more about Bible Tutoring and Biblical Life Coach, it's important to invest time daily to read your Bible, especially if you desire to learn more about God and grow in your faith in Him.
God desires us to come to Him as we are, perfectly imperfect in need of Him, the Savior. The Bible reveals to us the free gift of salvation through Jesus. John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10 Through redemption, we are justified and made anew. 2 Corinthians 5:16-18. By reading our Bible and being in fellowship with other believers, we are able to draw near to God. We continue to be transformed into the image of God as we draw near to Him so that we may better reflect the love of Jesus to those around us.
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV