importance of God's Holy Word as recorded and preserved in the Bible
cannot be overemphasized, for it is the only rule of doctrine and practice
for God's children.
The Bible is important because even the worship of God
is "in vain" unless it is done "in spirit and in truth" according to
Biblical instruction. (John 4:24)
Those that do not receive and know the truths of God's
word are subject to being "tossed to and fro, and carried about with
every wind of doctrine..." (Ephesians 4:14) Therefore, the Bible instructs
God's ministers to "preach the word..." (2 Timothy 4:2) and to "speak
... the things which become sound doctrine." (Titus 2:1). It instructs
God's children to receive "...the word with all readiness of mind...
." (Acts 17:11) God's children are further instructed to become familiar
with the sound doctrine and practices of the Bible so they can discern
and avoid teaching which is false and contrary to the Bible; and so
they may "hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Special blessings are enjoyed by God's children when
they humbly and prayerfully seek a better understanding of the "sound
words" of the Bible, which they are to "hold fast" as their only rule
and guide for doctrine and practice. (2 Timothy 1:13)
The following study is intended to serve as a general
guide and reference for those who "desire the sincere milk of the word"
(1 Peter 2:2) and who want to personally study and learn what the Bible
teaches regarding the fundamental doctrines and practices God has given
for His church.