The Word of God in the Life of a Believer

By Pastor David Driggers, June 10, 2023

Why We Read the Bible

I. The Word of God Gives (9-11)

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

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  • This is why we Scripture

II. The Word of God Gives (12-14)

Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches.

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III. The Word of God Gives (15-16)

I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word.

  • Let it Your Life
  • John Piper – “Put it like a lozenge under the tongue of your soul and let it flavor your affections day and night.”
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How We Read the Bible

I. Pray for
II. – What does the passage say?
  • Pay attention to the (before & after)
III. – What does the passage mean?
  • Pay attention to the

    • How are we like them? Unlike them?
    • How should we be like them? Unlike them?
IV. – How does the passage relate to me?
  • Is there an example? Command? Promise? Sin? Error?
  • How should my character, conduct, or conversation be effected by the Word of God?
    • What did you learn about God?
    • What did you learn about yourself?
    • How should you live differently as a result?
V. Pray for


  • Study Bible – brief summaries & historical backgrounds for each book of the Bible; discussion of difficult/debated texts; cross-references, indexes, maps
  • Commentaries – books that explain the Scripture, usually in a verse-by-verse or paragraph-by-paragraph method.
  • Journible (Reformation Heritage Books) – Right page to handwrite the Scripture; Left page to journal (and various prompts).
  • Family Worship Guide (Reformation Heritage Books) – provides searching questions on each chapter of the Bible for conversation.
  • – search, read, and study the Bible. Online commentaries, sermons, and Greek/Hebrew definitions
  • (and Bible app) – Individual and Community Reading plans