As believers, we are called to be people committed to the Bible.  If we want to grow in the Word, we must be devoted to the Word.

Ezra 7:6-10

this Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.

And there went up also to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king, some of the people of Israel, and some of the priests and Levites, the singers and gatekeepers, and the temple servants. And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

What type of Bible student are you?

  1. Disinterested
  2. Distracted
  3. Deceived
  4. Devoted
  • No discipline is more important than regular Bible study because it encourages every other spiritual pursuit.
  • In order to stay faithful to the mission of God in an ungodly culture, we must prioritize studying the Word of God.
  • We cannot merely devote ourselves to religion’s structures while neglecting God’s scriptures.

Ezra’s Strategy

  1. DEVOTE – Make up your mind that you are going to devote yourself to read God’s Word intentionally.
  2. STUDY – Focus on making progress in your knowledge of the Word by consistent study.
  3. APPLY – Study until you find something specific you need to apply in your own life.
  4. SHARE – Commit to disciple others by teaching them what you have learned.

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.