Why Do We Study Everything But the Bible for Bible Study?

Why do we study everything but the Bible for Bible Study? it is time to get back to the book!


I was scrolling through Pinterest today and clicked on a post that caught my eye. The writer of the post recommended 5 books to be used as Bible Studies.  All the recommendations were books? I cannot say whether they are good or bad books. I have not read any of them. As I read through the post I began to think about this. Someone writes a book, sprinkles a few Bible verses through it and on someone else’s recommendation we pick the book up and use it for Bible Study.  PLEASE DO NOT CLICK OFF THIS PAGE OR RUN SCREAMING!  Books are great and serve a purpose if they are Biblically based. But,  I see a trend and I hope by the end of the post  you get what I am trying to say!

What is The Trend In Bible Study? 

What is the trend I am seeing? I am seeing that we use man written books for Bible Study instead of the God-Breathed Book, “The Bible.”

Women, some women are biblically ignorant, I believe in part because they are not reading and studying the word of God. I have been there. I have been like many of these women who are searching for truth but instead of going to the source of truth, the word of God, they go to a human being who may or may not have studied the word. She is relying on their wisdom and knowledge. That would be like eating the food out of someone else’s mouth. They get all the nutrition and the great flavor and you end up with…well, you get my point! A nasty analogy I know but think about it, it’s true.  You and I need to be studying “The Book” ourselves! Man written books are not Holy Spirit inspired. The Word of God is!

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction. for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Why The Trend?

I believe there are many reasons for this trend. I will only touch on a couple of them based on my own observations.


One reason I believe books are used is  because women feel inadequate to Study the word on their own. Guess what? We are:) We think we need help! We do need help! That help comes from a sometimes forgotten source. The Holy Spirit! Jesus tells His disciples in John 14:26:

“But the Helper the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I said to you.”

Jesus promised us a Helper. A Helper that lives on the inside of us. One that guides, directs, and teaches.  Having Outside help and guidance is great. I actually recommend a mentor and a group if that is available to you. But, we need time at home alone with our Bible, pen, paper, prayer, and the Holy Spirit.  Books someone else writes should be the last thing we pick up. The Bible should be the main book, the first book we choose for, “Bible Study!”

The Flesh Desires Fluff

Not only do I believe we grab a book because we feel inadequate, I  also think we grab books because they build up and meet a desire of the flesh. Again, I am not talking about all books but some. I do not know about you but my flesh wants to be petted and made to feel good. That is the nature of the flesh. Guess what? The flesh will never change! But, a believer a new creation in Christ Jesus, needs to push past the flesh. The apostle Paul penned these words Galatians 5:17:

“The flesh sets its desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”

Notice that the believer has the Holy Spirit  pressing in on him to push past the fleshy desires. The Bible does not pet the flesh. Quite the opposite it tears it down. Contrary to what the flesh believes we do not need fluff we need tearing down and breaking. This is the means God uses to build us up and make us confident in Him.

Paul teaches in the book of Philippians the true believers worship in the Spirit of God, glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:4

Break The Trend!

How can we break this trend? By making the main thing, the main thing! What I mean is take your books, your well written biblical books, and put them aside for a minute. Pick up the word of God read and study it first. When you go back and pick up that well-written, biblical book, you’re equipped to spot the error and glean some perspective from someone else. But, you will have already sat under the best teacher there is! The Holy Spirit of Promise. Now you can go pick up that book!

Pray about and look for biblically based Bible Studies. I know that sounds kinda dumb, looking for a biblically based Bible Study. I am sad to say it is dumb but true! Look for a study that takes you through the word of God and keeps you in the word of God. Here are a few I can recommend:

Precept Bible Studies By Kay Arthur

Love God Greatly

Women Living Well

Conforming To The Truth by Lisa Morris ~ Me:)

I pray that we all become good students of the Word of God! Let’s be trend setters by getting back to the only book that we truly need for Bible Study. The Bible!

Can you recommend a really good keep you in the word Bible Study?


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I am Lisa. I am blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart, Roy. Through some ups and downs, God has blessed us with three beautiful children, Andrew, Sarah, and Hannah. God has also blessed us by divinely placing another beautiful young woman in our lives. On June 13th, 2015, our son Andrew married Katie, giving me and Roy another daughter. We could not be happier! Lisa now homeschools Sarah and Hannah. God has placed a desire in her heart to study His word. Lisa has a passion for knowing God and grow in her relationship with Jesus Christ. She wants to know the truth of the Word and to share that truth with you. Lisa desires to walk with women of all ages through a study of God’s word by offering free Bible studies and encouragement through prayer and weekly blog posts. You can follow Lisa on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and google + . Lisa blogs at www.conformingtothetruth.com


  1. Megan Hall says

    So true! I love this. It’s hard having churches in my area or friends doing bible studies and I’m interested in participating but they’re always doing those fluffy studies where you have “homework” full of questions that a lot of them seem pointless. It wastes a lot of time that could be spent just reading the Word.

    Several years ago a book was recommended to me. I think it’s called “by his wounds we are healed” and it’s on EphesiAns. It’s more of a commentary than a “bible study book.” It had a huge impact on my bible reading. After using that commentary to read through Ephesians it was like it all just clicked. I mean I grew up in church but had previously struggled reading through books of the Bible. After using that book, I get more comfortable reading though more books of the Bible on my own. So, I pretty much just use commentaries now. The pastor at our church along with 2 others are working through the Bible writing commentaries for each book and I enjoy them as well and don’t feel like you need a seminary degree to read and understand. ?

    • says

      Megan, I agree we do not need a seminary degree to read and study! We have the greatest teacher there is, The Holy Spirit. I am thankful you found a tool that helps you with your studies! There is so much fluff. We need to be in the word of God so we can discern the fluff from the solid. Thank you for stopping by today and for your encouraging words! God Bless:) Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. says

    I am definitely guilty of this. I guess I pick up the book to read the person’s insight about what Scripture says. I will often times go check it out in Scripture and see it in a different light. Which then leads me to ask questions and seek out more Scripture.
    I’m hoping God uses this books out there to pique people’s interest in God, which will then lead them to the Bible.

    • says

      I have been guilty too, Julie! Books can definitely be used to pique someone’s interest. I am thankful God uses them in many ways. I am just praying the Bible is first not second! Thanks for your insight. Thankful you stopped by:)

  3. says

    I love your take on this entire issue! I am really good at adding a whole bunch of extra “stuff” to my Bible studies, but this is a wonderful reminder to keep my main focus on the real thing! Thank you for this!

  4. says

    We are doing a MacArthur study on Philippians and I like that is is scripture with commentary and questions that help us connect to the text and related text for going deeper. I will probably use his work again.

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