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Question and Answer

Is it really necessary for laypeople to study the Bible, or even read it every day? Isn’t a complete knowledge of the Bible the responsibility of the clergy?

The answer to both questions is yes. Knowing the Bible is indeed a primary responsibility of the clergy, but it is not their exclusive responsibility. All of God’s people need to know the Bible. As the psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path” (Ps. 119:105). How else can we find our way at a thousand crossroads in this dark world?

Second Timothy 3:16–17 is the final word on everybody’s need to know the Bible, and it lists four ways in which the Bible equips us believers to live righteously. I encourage you to read and study it for yourself.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio’s Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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