All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).
How important is it to read your Bible on a regular basis?
In 2009, the Center for Biblical Engagement issued a report that concluded that people who read the Bible at least four days a week experienced the following benefits:
…statistical analyses reveal that, controlling for other factors, such as age, gender, church attendance, and prayer, Christians who are engaged in scripture most days of the week have lower odds of participating in these behaviors:
- Getting drunk = 57% lower odds
- Sex outside marriage = 68% lower odds
- Pornography = 61% lower odds
- Gambling = 74% lower odds
- Any of these habits = 57% lower odds (see here, pp. 6-7)
Reading the Bible at least four days a week also made it more likely for the average Christian to engage in evangelism and discipleship:
More scripture engagement also produces a Christian who is more involved in spreading the Good News. Controlling for other factors, those who read or listen to the Bible at least four days a week have higher odds of participating in these behaviors:
- Sharing faith with others = 228% higher odds
- Discipling others = 231% higher odds
- Memorizing scripture = 407% higher odds (see here, p. 7).
When it comes to spiritual practices, Christians need to get their priorities straight. Paul said the Scriptures are profitable for instructing you in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). The evidence bears that out.