What is Bible Study?
Preached on January 8, 2015 By Pastor T. Rajendran
Bible Text : 2 Tim. 6:18
We should first understand that there is a lot of difference between a sermon and Bible study.
- A sermon is delivered according to the order of worship in the church and it has a limited time in which it has to be given. Whereas, there is no time limit for Bible study.
- A sermon is given on a particular topic or on a particular theme. But Bible study cannot be done on a particular topic but it should be dealt
- In a sermon, we can give an incident or a story that could go along with the topic or the subject of the sermon. But in a Bible study there is no place for a story or any kind of imagination.
- When a sermon is rendered, the preacher is inspired by the Holy Spirit to communicate to the people who are gathered. Whereas in a Bible study, we try to understand the word of God, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
- A sermon can be given by an old believer, a new believer or a person who has come to know about the Lord for the first time. But for Bible study a person who has the interest in the Bible or a person who has studied the Bible alone can conduct a Bible study.
The above mentioned points for Bible study are of general in nature. Now let us see what the Bible has to say about this:
- John 3:10, in this verse we see that Jesus asks Nicodemus, “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” Nicodemus though being a teacher, since he did not have the knowledge of being born again or that of the kingdom of God he asked Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Therefore one cannot be just a preacher but also a person who researches the Bible to be able to conduct the Bible Study.
- In Luke 24:25, we see that Jesus talks to the two apostles who were going to a village called Emmaus. He said to them, “How foolish you are….” At the same time, we see that in verse 32 we see the same apostles say that “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
- In Acts 17:10,11, we see that when Paul and Silas came to Berea the found that the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
- In the book of Isaiah 34:16, 17, we read that, Look in the scroll of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth that has given the order, and his Spirit will gather them together