30-Day Next Step Challenge. Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of the Next Step Challenge

Welcome to Week 2. This week’s theme is the Bible. Our KEY TRUTH is

The Bible comes from God, makes us wise, and is the source for truth.

And our KEY VERSE (to memorize) is 2 Peter 1:20-21. However, I’ve got a list of 16 verses below describing WHY we should read the Bible. Feel free to pick one of those as your memory this week instead.

So, why should we read the Bible?

There are so many reasons, but here’s a Sweet 16.

(The first ten are on the video.)

The Bible comes from God: 2 Peter 1:20–21
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible comes from God: 2 Timothy 3:16–17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Bible makes us wise: Psalm 19:7
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

The Bible helps us stay pure: Psalm 119:9,11
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

The Bible is the source for truth: John 17:17
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

The Bible guides us: Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

The Bible is powerful: Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

The Bible gives joy to our hearts: Psalm 19:8
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

The Bible is valuable: Psalm 19:10
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

The Bible warns us: Psalm 19:11
By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

The Bible reveals God’s faithfulness: Isaiah 55:10–11
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

The Bible is true: Proverbs 30:5
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

The Bible is food: 1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…

The Bible gives us life: Psalm 119:93
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.

The Bible defends us: Ephesians 6:17
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Bible saves our souls: James 1:21
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. 

The Bible lasts forever: Mark 13:31
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

What’s the Day 7 Challenge?

Complete one of the following:
(a) The Bible is important in my life, and here’s how you’ll know it
(b) The Bible is not important to me and here’s why

These are great verses to reflect on. It’s encouraging to see so many reasons why we should read the Bible. Are there other reasons that come to mind? Any you disagree with?

I want to help you say "No" to a boring life and "Yes" to a faith that matters. Let's make a plan for your life, for your church, or both! Contact me at hello@letsmakedisciples.org.

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