In Matthew 4v4 Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 8v3, which tells us that ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (RSV). Because the Bible is God’s word written, we as Christian people need to study it.
Whilst it is good to study the Bible daily, it is often easier to study it in a small group. Small house groups can offer support, encouragement, and fresh ideas upon a Bible passage. It is also a time to pray, and meeting at a regular time each week disciplines one to commit to regular Bible study.
In Hebrews 10v24-25, we are encouraged to ‘consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near’.
Matthew’s Gospel in chapter 18v20 reinforces the importance of meeting together. It quotes Jesus: ‘For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’
This is truly wonderful to know – that as we gather to study the Word of God, Jesus is with us and guides us. I personally recommend Bible study groups to everyone wanting to grow in their Christian faith.
August AD 2018