by Jerry Vines

2 Timothy 3:16, 2:15
Jerry Vines

Tonight I’m going to talk to you about reading the Bible for profit out of my own
experience and make it as practical and as simple and as down-to-earth as I possibly can.
In 2 Timothy 3:16, where we have been for a number of weeks, I want to pick up on one
word there. It begins by saying, all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable. . . That’s the word I want to focus on—profitable. We talked about the
intention of the Bible in verse 15. The intention of the Scripture is to make people wise
unto salvation. This is the only book that can tell a person how they can be forgiven of
their sins and go to heaven when they die. That’s the purpose of the Bible.
Then we talked about the inspiration of the Bible—all scripture is given by
inspiration of God. We talked about the fact that God moved holy men of old to write
what we have in our Bible, these 66 books of our Bible.
We looked down in the 4th chapter and talked a little bit about the implications of
the Bible and how the Word of God applies to every imaginable area of our life.
I want to just talk to you a little bit about reading your Bible. I hope all of you
read your Bible on a daily basis. But sometimes Christians have a problem in this area
and they really don’t know how to go about it. They would like to read their Bible but
they have tried to do it before and it hasn’t been real helpful to them. They haven’t
known how to go about it and so they quit along the way. Or for various reasons have
not been reading the Bible.
I want to talk to you about how to profit from the Bible. This word, profitable,
means useful, is helpful. There is nothing more helpful in the Christian life than the daily
reading of the Bible—God’s Holy Word. God’s Word is the truth of God. It is God’s
holy Word, God’s revealed Word.
The Christian life works when we understand how it is ...

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