When I was pastoring on Cape Cod, a local pastor called me with a question:

“What are you doing to attract such a crowd?”

I told him that the answer was simple. “We are studying the Bible.”

He responded with surprise, “Why are they interested in that?”

I said, “Well, we start with the premise that it is true.”

“Oh,” came the reply. That was the end of the conversation.

Why do we study the Bible? Here are five good reasons:

1) God is speaking. We need to listen.

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful things about the Word of God. Notice this phrase is not past-tense “God has spoken.” It is present-tense. The Word of God is alive in this very moment, and God uses it to speak to us.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to divi