The Bible is the only tangible source of information about the world, its God and the people in the world The Lord has left us a complete revelation of Himself that has been rightly called the instruction book. It thoroughly details the only believable story of how we got here, what we are doing here, and where we are going to. It also lets us in on a big secret, "There is life after death!" And it tells us the one and only way to have eternal life with God. It tells us how rotten we are and how we get this way. It tells us what God has done to fix that problem. All we have to do is believe in our heart that God has sent His only begotten Son to die in our place on the cross of Calvary then to confess with our mouth, the LORD JESUS! Romans 10:13 tells us, "Whosoever shall call upon the NAME of the LORD shall be saved." Is Jesus Lord or is He not?
2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
This little verse is the primary verse that commands us to study the Word of God. And it pointedly says to do so in order to not be ashamed. Every Christian ought to have a natural desire to know the Word of God and to become skilled enough in it to be an effective servant to the Lord in this life. If you call yourself a Christian and have never personally led another person to Jesus Christ, directly, then you are not a student of the Word of God and are probably ashamed of something concerning Jesus Christ. There is no excuse for not being able to win someone to Jesus.
Just how should one go about studying the Word of God? First you should read the Bible through from cover to cover. This will amount to about 70 hours reading time condensed. Or better, read it over a year's time averaging about 4 chapters a day.
With the initial reading under your belt, it is time to get down to a study of the Word of God. There are systematic studies, else there would be no Bible Colleges, which by the way it is great to go to a good Bible college, but not necessary. Bible colleges offer courses in individual books of the Bible, Bible characters of the Bible, doctrines of the Bible, expository studies of passages and events of the Bible, original languages of the Bible (consider this: If God has preserved His Word exactly, is it necessary to study the original languages? Greek & Hebrew students would answer in the affirmative.)
Communicating with an ignorant or innocent is one way to be instigated to study the Word of God. Watching the crazy world get crazier is another impetus. Having a loved one who seems to be oblivious to his destiny in Hell is a great motivator to study the Word of God. So study!!!!
What is the major issue that you as an individual or your church people facing. Study the Word for answers. Study the doctrines of your Church. They should be your doctrines also. Pick your favorite character in the Bible. Find out what makes him or her tick? Find out why and how God used them or didn't use them. Did you know that God made several covenants with individuals and the nation of Israel. Find out what they were and how they might relate to you. What does the Bible really say about Heaven and Hell? This study will get your excitement up some where and life will have real meaning.
Of course the very best study one could make from the Bible would be the life of Christ. Find the passages which tells that He exists from before the foundation of the World. His simple birth, His wonderful life. His death and resurrection. His coming again. His future with you by His side. If!!!!!