According to the book of 2 Timothy 3:16, all Scripture is God-breathed and is valid for rebuking, teaching, training, and correcting in righteousness. 

The Word of God is active and living; by it, we experience Jesus and learn to live our lives around Him.

Discipleship is to form our forms around Jesus as Lord. This means that discipleship is primarily about how one lives. Many people have made discipleship about Bible knowledge, and they equate discipleship with education. But the focus of discipleship is life-oriented and practical on how we live daily.

Guidelines are given below so you can lead individuals along the discipleship journey to study and apply the Holy Scriptures in their lives. We must get people into Scripture itself. Read on.

1. Scripture is Truth.  

Christians believe that God’s Word is, indeed, God’s words. It is not good moral stories, fairy tales, or servant narratives. Below are the books in the Holy Scripture that will tell us about the truthfulness of God’s Word. Further, life, freedom, greater intimacy with Jesus, and victory come from knowing Him (which is the Truth). We must know Him and His Word to progress in the Christian life.

2. We get into the Holy Scripture with people because it helps them develop their faith in Christ. 

It would be a blunder even to think that you cannot understand the Holy Scriptures until you first become a Christian and receive the Holy Spirit. One of the best places to begin in your search to know more about God is by studying the Bible. Some sections of the Bible are encouraging, mainly when the Apostle Paul conveys that it is impossible to have faith in Jesus Christ until we listen to and understand His teachings. The initial way for humanity in the first century to hear was for one person to come and tell them about Jesus (books were rare without printing presses). Once society was open to this knowledge, they could believe and be saved in the name of Jesus.

3. We approach God’s Word with a mind sensitive to God’s Spirit.

There is one thing that is ultimately vital in Bible interpretation and Bible. The Holy Spirit’s presence is necessary for God’s Word to impact our lives genuinely. The apostle Paul described it for us in 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, “We have not received the Spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us . . . The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolish to him, and he cannot understand them, as they are spiritually discerned.” 

We are consistently amazed to meet non-Christian people who will tell us they spent a little time reading the Bible, which doesn’t make sense. It almost seems they are saying, “You Christians must be weird because you can understand that strange book!”

Then, on the other hand, we know of countless Christians, even teenagers and new Christians, who easily grasp even profound Biblical teachings. They not only hold them, but they see how to apply these teachings to their lives. When one group gets it and one group does not get it, the difference is often the indwelling presence of God’s Spirit.

Generally, the Scripture is essential to our maturity and growth as Christians and critical for our understanding and intimacy with Jesus. Genuine Christian discipleship hinges upon God’s Word. Our involvement in the Word becomes the measurement, that spiritual barometer, determining whether our lives as believers are flourishing or waning.

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