This Sunday, as we continue our current series, “The Basics,” we are looking at the subject of Bible study. In Acts 17:1-11, Paul commended the Bereans for being men who, “received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” It is difficult to overstate the importance of faithful study of the Scriptures. Throughout the week I will be posting thoughts and resources that will help prepare us for this important sermon.
Let’s start by considering what others have said about this.
- A readiness to believe every promise implicitly, to obey every command unhesitatingly, to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, is the only true spirit of Bible study. (Andrew Murray)
- The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. (A.W. Tozer)
- An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly. (A.W. Tozer)
- If God gave light and wisdom, the religion of Jesus was soon learned; but without God, a man might study all his life long, and make no proficiency. (Adoniram Judson)
- If you have a Bible that’s falling apart, you’ll have a life that’s not. (Adrian Rogers)
- A good church is a Bible-centered church. Nothing is as important as this–not a large congregation, a witty pastor, or tangible experiences of the Holy Spirit. (Allistair Begg)
- Remember, Christ’s scholars must study upon their knees. (Charles Spurgeon)
- There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a study of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity, (Charles Spurgeon)
- I prayed for faith and thought that someday faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since. (D.L. Moody)
- We also need a regular systematic study of the Scriptures. We cannot maintain our spiritual life without it any more than we can maintain our physical bodies without proper nourishment. (G. Campbell Morgan)
- Every Christian who does not study, really study, the Bible every day is a fool. (R.A. Torrey)
- Here then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy. (R.C. Sproul)