October 2019 Student Newsletter

The Need to Study the Bible
Russell Haffner
Russell Haffner (Director)

In 2 Timothy 2:15 we read, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

The Greek word which is translated as "study" (KJV), "be diligent" (NKJV, NASB) and "do your best" (ESV) is SPOUDAZO which is defined as "to use speed, that is, to make effort, be prompt or earnest: - do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavor, labor, study." In common language we would say, "to hurry up" or "do it quickly." In fact, the English word "speed" comes from the Greek word SPOUDAZO. The idea is that this is something that is so important it should be done with great urgency. Gaining God's approval is not something we should neglect. It needs to be done right now.

How can we gain the approval of God? We must learn, obey and live God's word. When we study the Bible we can learn about salvation (2 Timothy 3:15) and better understand the vital importance of God's word in our daily lives (Matthew 4:4). It is only in Jesus Christ that we can gain our salvation (John 6:66-68).

In the Bible we learn that God's will is for man to be saved. Our Savior, Jesus Christ became the author of salvation to everyone who believes and obeys Him (Hebrews 5:8-9). We study the Bible to learn God's will (Ephesians 3:3-4). We must be diligent, using all speed, to study God's word, learn and obey His plan of salvation and equip ourselves unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:15-17). We need to do it quickly. We need to do it now.

Twelfth Bible Land Passages Video Now Available

Have you ever wished to visit the Bible lands? If you are not able to make the journey yourself the next best thing could be watching these programs. These instructional video presentations, shot on location, let you explore many of the religious and historical sites in Israel, Jordan and Palestine. They are produced by WVBS and are completely free to view online.

Passage 12 | The Tomb of Jesus - This video explores the most likely sites for Jesus’ burial, the Garden Tomb and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and provides an assessment for each as His possible burial places. Utilizing the details from the gospel narratives and the results of study into funerary practices in ancient Israel, this documentary highlights the rich imagery and history that has been associated with Jesus’ resting place. It concludes by reminding the viewer that even if the exact location were known, all one would find, then and now, is an empty tomb.

These videos may be found under the “About” option on the blue menu bar by clicking the “Recommended Videos” link. When you click this button you will be taken to a page which will be continually updated with information concerning free videos available for online viewing which may be of interest to you.