The spiritual Way is not only ecclesial and sacramental; it is also evangelical. This is the third indispensable presupposition for an Orthodox Christian. At each step upon the path, we turn for guidance to the voice of God speaking to us through the Bible. Always we need to keep in view that the Bible is not just a collection of historical documents, but it is the book of the Church, containing God’s word.
The real purpose of Bible study is to feed our love for Christ, to kindle our hearts into prayer, and to provide us with guidance in our personal life. As a book uniquely inspired by God and addressed to each of the faithful personally, the Bible possesses sacramental power, transmitting grace to the reader, bringing him to a point of meeting and decisive encounter. The true meaning of the Bible will only be apparent to those who study it with their spiritual intellect as well as their reasoning brain.
– Metr. Kallstos Ware, The Orthodox Way