The idea of “personal” Bible study is such a funny little thing, isn’t it?
At least among Evangelical Christianity, there’s a huge amount of stress placed on every single Christian reading the Bible for him or herself. We’ve got hundreds of themed Bible reading plans and devotionals, and we’re pressured to have our daily “quiet time in the Word.”
This is not necessarily a bad thing. If I say I believe the Bible, I better know what it says, right? Paul famously wrote to Timothy to “be diligent to present [himself] approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, NASB). Whether Paul is referring specifically to Scripture or to the gospel in general does not bear much argument here… either way, the Bible as the Word of God plays a huge role in the life of a Christian.
However, there are a few things that we should consider before we try to start guilt-tripping ourselves into a renewed reading routine.
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