THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SCRIPTURES TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH
The Scriptures Are The Word Of God (1Th 2:13)
The first key to spiritual growth is the Scriptures. Studying, knowing, applying the Scriptures to ones Christian life is absolutely necessary if there is going to be any spiritual growth.
When we speak of the Word of God, it is different from any other writings, both past and present. Other writings, no matter how religious, truthful, or filled with inspiring anecdotes are only the product of man not God (2Pe 1:20-21).
The Scriptures on the other hand are in all reality (alÍths) as they say they are, the word of God (logon theou). The Scriptures originated with and are the product of God (2Ti 3:16 - theopneustos - God breathed).
Not only are the Scriptures Gods word, but they are accompanied with Gods power to perform its work (energe - Eng. energy or energize) in believers. This is one of the reasons that the Scriptures are so necessary to spiritual growth.
This may not seem like much, but I have committed myself to make every effort to read and study the Scriptures for at least 20 minutes every day. If I can meet this goal I know that in time I will mature and grow spiritually. I really need this as I think everyone who calls themself a Christian also needs.