The Primary Importance of Bible Study in Leadership

matt-brownToday’s guest post is from Matt Brown—evangelist, author, and founder of Think Eternity. He and his wife, Michelle, are impacting thousands of people with the Gospel each year both online and through live events. They also minister to over 150,000 people on social media on a near-daily basis. You can follow him at @evangelistmatt.

I have often thought that union with Christ is the first great essential of the Christian life. If I don’t spend time with the Lord, I have nothing to give. (Click to tweet)

As I write a book every year or two, preach 75 times a year, blog two to three times per week, cast vision to our team at Think Eternity, and now post several times each and every day on social media, I need to continually be hearing from the Lord. It is vital that leaders walk in a rich, satisfying relationship with Christ, and hear clearly what is on His heart.

As my father-in-law, Dwight Denyes—former lead pastor of a significant megachurch near Minneapolis—has often shared: “Nothing gives us a satisfying and rich relationship with Christ as much as reading and meditating on Scripture.”

A recent powerful book from the late R. A. Torrey added to my understanding of this primary principle of importance for spiritual leaders everywhere:

“The power that belongs to God is stored in the great reservoir of His own Word, the Bible. If we wish to make it ours, we must go to the Bible. Yet people who pray for power but neglect the Bible abound in the church. Many long to have power for fruit-bearing in their own lives, yet they forget that Jesus has said, “The seed is the Word of God.” (Luke 8:11). If we are to obtain fullness of power in life and service, we must feed on the Word of God. There can be no fullness of power in life and service if the Bible is neglected. We cannot obtain or maintain power in our own lives or in our work for others unless there is deep and frequent meditation on the Word of God.”

I challenge each leader to remember this “one thing” and this “first love” of sitting at the feet of Jesus through meditation on the revelation that only comes from His Word.


Join Matt for Ignite Conference in Washington, DC at McLean Bible Church on September 7, featuring Aaron Gillespie, Tru Serva, a unified DC worship band, and a team of teachers using training from the Billy Graham Association.

Come one day early for the Day Before Ignite: Digital Church Meetup featuring Logos Bible Software, Matt Brown, and Haley Veturis, social media manager for Saddleback Church with Rick Warren.



  1. Jeff Hoon says

    Heb. 4:12 – "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Being in the WORD of GOD will remind you to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, will remind you to serve the Lord with gladness, will remind your heart to sing praise in His presence, will remind you that the Lord is God, will remind you that it is He who hath made you not myself, that you are His chosen one, and that you are the sheep of His pasture, will remind you to enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise, will remind you to be thankful unto Him and to bless His name, will remind you the Lord is good, will remind you His mercy is everlasting, and will remind you His truth{GOD'S WORD} endureth to all generations. Endless reminders…. Ps. 56:10 "In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word." Can we say; apart from the word of God there is no praise? Our delight must be in the word of GOD and in God's word we must meditate day and night; only then are we blessed wherever we walketh, or standeth, or sitteth! THE WORD OF GOD WILL LAST FOREVER! this do in remembrance of Him.

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