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Boldly Dare all Things by the Word of God

johncalvin_full“Let the pastors boldly dare all things by the word of God… Let them constrain all the power, glory, and excellence of the world to give place to and to obey the divine majesty of this word. Let them enjoin everyone by it, from the highest to the lowest. Let them edify the body of Christ. Let them devastate Satan’s reign. Let them pasture the sheep, kill the wolves, instruct and exhort the rebellious. Let them bind and loose thunder and lightning, if necessary, but let them do all according to the word of God”

(John Calvin, Sermons on the Epistle to the Ephesians).

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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Read The Word of God

“I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12

SpurgeonYou know more about your ledgers than your Bible; you know more about your magazines and novels than what God has written; many of you will read a novel from the beginning to the end, and what have you got? A mouthful of foam when you are done. But you cannot read the Bible; that solid, lasting, substantial, and satisfying food goes uneaten, locked up in the cupboard of neglect; while anything that a man writes, a best seller of the day, is greedily devoured. (C.H.Spurgeon) HT: Grace Gems

I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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What is the Purpose of the Bible?

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness — so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Me and my Bible

jr-miller-100x113Paul has no uncertain word about the inspiration of the Scriptures. The Bible alone is the Word of God. Holy men wrote it as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. There are other good books in the world — but none like the Word of God.

  1. We ought to read the Bible reverently — since God speaks to us in its pages.
  2. We ought to believe it — for His Word must be absolutely true.
  3. We should obey it — since what God commands must be right.
  4. We may yield our whole life to its influence — to be guided and fashioned by it.
  5. Scripture is profitable for teaching — that is, for instruction in all matters that concern life.
  6. It is profitable for rebuking — it shows us our sins, our follies, our mistakes.
  7. It is profitable for correcting — to bring us back from wrong ways to right ways.
  8. It is profitable for training in righteousness — it gives us instruction for all true and beautiful living.

“So that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The purpose of the Bible is to make complete men of us. If we follow it in everything — it will show us the right way, it will reveal to us the perfect ideal of Christian character, it will inspire us to holy living.

(J. R. Miller, “Devotional Hours with the Bible” 1909) HT: Grace Gems

So that the man of God may be
complete, equipped for every good work

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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A Pattern for Bible Study

bible_glasses.jpgOne of the earliest mistakes I made when I decided to study God’s word as a passion was failing to actual read it with purpose and reread it and reread it. Repetitious reading, the tedious repetitive reading of the word of God I believe is key to any serious bible study. You have to get to know your bible personal, you have to get to know each page intimately. It has to be you and your bible!

Right now I can tell you that Jesus walks on water in John 6 is on the right side towards the bottom of the page and 2 Timothy 2:15 one of my favorite verses in the bible is on the right side smack in the middle of the page. Isaiah 6:1 that chapter that rocked my world with the holiness of God is both bottom right and top left on next page. I say all this, not to be prideful or look what I know? I say this because I have read it a 1000 times over.

bibleThe other thing repetitious reading of the word of God does is help with memorizing scripture. I would have NEVER NEVER thought I had the capacity in my little peabrain to be able to retain anything, especially the word of God. But that’s what the word of God does to you with the help of the Holy Spirit. It illuminates your mind.  Puritan Richard Sibbes said “There must be Spirit in me as there is Spirit in the Scriptures, before I can see anything,”

whitewithblack_edited-1.jpgBut as Richard Baxter said “It is not the work of the Spirit to tell you the meaning of Scripture, and give you the knowledge of divinity, without your own study and labour, but to bless that study, and give you knowledge thereby… To reject study on pretence of the sufficiency of the Spirit, is to reject the Scripture itself.” What is he saying? After you have read the scripture, now you must interpret it and that beloved you will need help! Studying scripture is hard work, so we use the brains of other men.

It was C. H. Spurgeon who said “Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.”

One of the helpful little books I have read on this years ago was How to study the bible by John MacArthur. You can get the kindle version Here and paperback Here

Dr. MacArthur also has a free PDF floating around called What Are the Basics of Bible Study? 

Personal Bible study, in precept, is simple. I want to share with you 5 steps to Bible study which will give you a pattern to follow.

  • STEP 1—Reading
  • STEP 2—Interpreting
  • STEP 3—Evaluating
  • STEP 4—Applying
  • STEP 5—Correlating

What Now?

It is not enough just to study the Bible. We must meditate upon it. In a very real sense we are giving our brain a bath; we are washing it in the purifying solution of God’s Word.

Download a free PDF of What Are the Basics of Bible Study? HERE which details each step.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night”
Psalm 1:2 (NASB)

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria


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Grow to Know God

Sinclair Ferguson“Scripture is like a working museum of which the Spirit is the Curator, showing us around and explaining the wonders of the mind of the Maker. In this museum we are taken behind the scenes to learn from God Himself. In growing to know God, therefore, there is no substitute for the discipline of Bible study and Scripture reading and meditation. We cannot bypass the handbook God has given to us and then expect that we can know Him in our own way. The only god we can know in our own way is a god that we make in our own image.”  (Sinclair Ferguson A Heart for God)


There is no substitute for the
discipline of Bible study and
Scripture reading and meditation

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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God’s Own Testimony About His Word

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1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Psalm 19-7
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.
13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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How to Listen to the Lord

Dr. John MacArthurThe greatest grace gift given to us, of course, is salvation. But we would know nothing about that salvation were it not for Scripture. So in reality, the greatest grace gift is divine revelation. Nothing is more important than divine truth. You have to have the truth in order to be saved and sanctified and to have the hope of glory and to be instructed in righteousness. So the greatest thing we have is the Word of God. This is the divine revelation.

What’s the greatest privilege of a Christian? To know the truth, right? What is the distinguishing mark of a Christian? To know the truth, obey the truth, love the truth, to be listeners. And how do we listen? Obediently and appreciatively, and dependently, and humbly and confidently. What amazing privilege has been granted to us, hasn’t it? Think of it this way. If you’re a believer, you speak God’s language. When He speaks, you perfectly understand it. It’s a foreign language to everybody else.

To know the truth,
obey the truth,
love the truth…

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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God’s Word Never Fails

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God's Word Never Fails
John Wycliffe said “The true Christian was intended by Christ to prove all things by the Word of God, all churches, all ministers, all teaching, all preaching, all doctrines, all sermons, all writings, all opinions, all practices. These are his marching orders. Prove all by the Word of God; measure all by the measure of the Bible; compare all with the standard of the Bible; weigh all in the balances of the Bible; examine all by the light of the Bible; test all in the crucible of the Bible. That which cannot abide the fire of the Bible, reject, refuse, repudiate, and cast away. This is the flag which he nailed to the mast. May it never be lowered!”

“Prove all by the Word of God”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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Search the Scriptures!

Bible-by-Candlelight.jpgI recently text a friend of mine this “Thanks for being an Acts 17:11” Because he’s always referring to what the word of God says and searching the scripture!

His text back to me was “Berean”

It reminded me of something Spurgeon said in one of his sermons.

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and searched the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11

SpurgeonThe Greek word translated search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search — the kind men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters when they are in pursuit of game. We must not be content with giving a superficial glance to one or two chapters — but with the candle of the Spirit we must deliberately seek out the meaning of the Word. Holy Scripture requires searching — much of it can only be learned by careful study. There is milk for babies — but also meat for strong men. The rabbis wisely say that a mountain of matter hangs upon every word.

The person who merely skims the Book of God will not profit from it. We must dig and mine until we obtain the treasure! The door of the Word only opens to the key of diligence. The Scriptures demand to be searched. They are the writings of God, bearing the divine stamp and imprimatur — who shall dare to treat them casually? To despise them is to despise the God who wrote them. God forbid that any of us should allow our Bibles to become witnesses against us in the great day of account!

The Word of God will repay searching. God does not ask us to sift through a mountain of chaff with only here and there a grain of wheat in it — but filled with hidden treasures. Scripture grows upon the student. It is full of surprises. Under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to the searching eye — it glows with splendor of revelation, like a vast temple paved with gold and roofed with rubies, emeralds, and all kinds of priceless gems!

Finally, the Scriptures reveal Jesus: “These very Scriptures testify about Me!” No more powerful motive can be urged upon Bible readers than this: He who finds Jesus finds life, Heaven, and all things. Happy are they who, in searching the Bible, discover their Savior! (Charles Spurgeon)

Happy are they who,
in searching the Bible,
discover their Savior!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

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Accurately Handling The Word of Truth

cutting straightSeriously I could watch this video over and over and never get tired of listening to men talk on how they study the text. I have learned so much from these men on how to accurately handling the word of truth.

“The Bible is not a random collection of verses that may be interpreted in isolation. To properly understand any passage one must interpret it in light of the paragraphs immediately preceding and following it, the chapter or section it is in, and the book containing it. Context provides the flow of thought in which any given passage of Scripture exists. To ignore context is to sacrifice a proper interpretation; it has well been said that a text without a context is a pretext.” John MacArthur

Expository preaching is inescapably bound to the serious work of exegesis. If the preacher is to explain the text, he must first study the text. He must devote the hours of study and research necessary to understand the text. Along with his time, the pastor must invest the largest portion of his energy and intellectual engagement to this task of “accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15 NASB). There are no shortcuts to genuine exposition. The expositor is not an explorer who returns to tell tales of the journey. He is a guide who leads the people into the text and teaches the arts of Bible study and interpretation, demonstrating these essential disciplines in his preaching. ( Albert Mohler Why Expository Preaching Matters )

“accurately handling the word of truth”
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria


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