I’m a big baseball fan. I spent my childhood in front of the TV watching countless games and highlight reels. Even now, you can ask me about any of the rules, and I can explain them to you. Show me a picture of a ballpark, and I’ll tell you the city where it sits. I am a self-proclaimed expert on all things Major League Baseball.
I can go a step further. As an adult, I have watched a game in person at every Major League ballpark. Consequently, the general information I learned as a kid has become more deeply enhanced. Watching games on TV now is an even richer experience because I’ve been there.
In a similar way, simply reading Scripture certainly allows us to know God and His Word. But studying the Bible takes it to a deeper—and richer—level. The words, the events, and the teaching of the Bible come alive when we invest the time to do more than just read the text. But it’s more than an exercise to fill our brains with
facts; our lives become rich as we live out what we study.