—Deuteronomy 32:45-47 (NASB)
Well, the odds are that if you subscribe to this journal or read it regularly that you are "in the choir" as far as what I would "preach" concerning this passage. People who regularly visit web sites focused on the topic of "Bible study" are probably not the most fertile ground for a sermon on "Why I need to study the Bible." So here's the deal: We need to get the word out about the Word.
To be sure, the woes of the church today can be traced to multiple sources, but I believe the chief one is the lack of concern with God's Word. One of the characteristics of people who call themselves "Christian" and even "Evangelical" is that only a tiny percentage are consistently spending time in the Word. In fact, a greater percentage every year confess that they actually don't believe in absolute truth. The activity of "church" and the identification of the label "Christian" is growing less and less attached to the Bible.
So it's up to us, however few we may be. WE'RE the ones who at every opportunity need to bring attention to the fact that "it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life". God's repeated message throughout the Bible is that restoration and revival come about only through a recommitment to His Word. The sooner we facilitate that recommitment, the sooner we'll see restoration and revival. We have the duty to communicate that God's Word is not merely a "personal" choice but "corporate" survival.†††