He may feel he wants to give, but he wouldn’t know the pattern. There are many of them. Scripture for 12.31.2020 – Happy New Years Eve Day! QUESTIONER: And, “I’m like so-and-so, therefore I’m godly.” You know what I mean? And then when he thought of the answers, he couldn’t think of the verses to support them; so, the guy thought he was just giving his opinion. If you’ve been a Christian ten minutes, that’s long enough. Like when you finish John, you can go back and read Philippians. God never put a premium on ignorance. Some Jews came to Jesus and said, “We believe.”, And Jesus said to them, “If you continue in My Word, then you are My real disciples.”. JOHN: I think it’s the example – I think it’s the man who’s leading you - it’s his responsibility to make sure he’s transparent so that you see Christ. For more information, visit the the FOF webpage, or the patio table on Sunday mornings. Otherwise, you’re not nearly as motivated to learn. And I was just piling up tremendous ignorance and spending a lot of time doing it. Are you saying that this reading of Scripture and then studying the Scripture on your own for yourself is something apart from any sort of ministry you’re doing? Many young believers take these classes to grow in their understanding of biblical truths." And in fact, they become very helpful. How best can you solve a person’s problem? If he wants to keep the Sabbath, it doesn’t matter. You get happy that you weren’t in the other part. You know, I used to be able to sin and just kind of enjoy it. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. You have been adopted as a son of God. You can make any topic you want, “I’d like to study the subject of forgiveness.” So, you could go to the bookstore, and you could buy a little book that’s called a topical index, and you could look up the word “forgiveness,” and it would tell you every passage in the Bible where forgiveness is discussed. Free Shipping. Pretty soon, by repetition, you’ll begin to know where things are, and then you’ll be able to go to those things. When Paul was giving instruction to Timothy about how to preach, he says, “First of all, read the Bible. Well, one of the things that I think is important is if you don’t feel like reading the Bible, you have just recognized the truth that this is when you most need it. First of all, it is necessary to study the Bible in order to grow. It could be any number of people, but find a pattern that you can follow. I just kind of go and blow wherever.”. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. It is necessary also to study Scripture to help others. One other thing in study and that is find a pattern that you can follow. You know what they say about computers? Now, it may be that, for some, that commitment comes along later. And so, I read it and read it and read it and read it and read it and just kept reading it. It becomes your information so that when you get into a situation, you know the principles to solve the situation. Take somebody like Elijah and do a study on Elijah. I know in my life, that was my first time I got a hold of some helps and commentaries. But build your library on the books that are going to become reference books, that you’ll use again, and again, and again. How can you be happy reading all about all that horrible?”. If I go into the study at 9:00 in the morning and have prayer for a while, and then I study till 5:00 in the afternoon and go home, I don’t say, “Oh, I’m defeated today; I didn’t have my devotions.” Not if I’ve spent six or seven hours studying the Bible. – in reference to – you know, a new Christian who’s just got to the third chapter, and that particular subject isn’t covered till the fifth chapter. Please respond to confirm your registration. Now, it’ll only take you about 20-25 minutes, because it’s 5 chapters, and it’s not that tough. And today we were going over the concept that God is good and God is forgiving. JOHN: I think if you wanted to do your reading thing with your family, that would be a great way to do it. And as I said, you can study a book, going through it to get the understanding of it; or you can study a topic like prayer, or judgment, or any of those things we mentioned. So, you want to be sure you submit yourself to a teacher. People ask me how I remember Scripture; that’s one way: I have little squigglies in different places in the Bible, or little sweat marks or tears or rips or something, and I remember those. And in order to grow, the Word must be taken in, because the Word is our milk that brings us growth. But to send them the principles so that they know what they’re looking for. We all do it. And then I’d read another book, and then I didn’t know anything about that one either. So, just imagine if you’d a started two-and-a-half years ago. It is critical. And maybe that’s used as a cop out I think, on people’s part. You’re following him because he knows how to handle his imperfection. Scripture for 1.4.2021 – Join us tomorrow live online or after on Youtube 6-7pm pst (see links below) as we continue to travel through the Word! Join Dr. MacArthur as he guides you through difficult passages and illuminates familiar ones with verse-by-verse study notes, book introductions, and articles. It says in 1 John 2:14, “I have written unto you, fathers, because you’ve know Him that is from the beginning. Do you believe that that’s not an excuse or that the Holy Spirit must really be ministering to that person and not allowing them - apart from their knowledge of Scripture, not allowing them to go into a sin or something like that? You need to have some kind of instruction, some kind of training. Find every time there was a prayer there, and study about it. JOHN: Good. Or, What’s the best way to dig into the Word? Two-and-a-half years you’ll be the only one on your block to do it, believe me. You know how you should study for a test: by repetition. So, that’s the preparation. Now, beyond reading, it is important that you study. How is it done? It doesn’t say, “Oh, isn’t this wonderful? You’ve opened your heart and invited Christ to come in, take over your life, to rule your life, to be the Lord of your life. But – and you can see this creeping up. The way I study is to take the – first of all, I would read the text in several versions, along with the Greek text handy there, until I understand it. You know the direction. That’s fine if you want to check it out of the library, or maybe once in a while if somebody gives you one or you really want to buy one once in a while. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Yeah, but there’s a newer Christian than you. Listen, it says in verse 9 of Psalm 119, “Wherewith” – or how – “shall a young man cleanse his ways?” How do you clean your life up? If you’re a parent, it may be one of your kids. Because that – you know, he might – till he gets to 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, he wouldn’t really know that he was supposed to lay by in store the first day of the week as God has prospered him. So, in the life of every Christian, there must be that daily nourishing in the Word of God. Get at it. QUESTIONER: Yeah, John, what do you do when you just get up in the morning, and you go through a day, and you just don’t feel like reading the Bible? The whole idea of meditation. And Christianity’s all about helping other people isn’t it? And, you know, you see so many people who want to go around serving the Lord, but they don’t know enough about the Bible to do it right; so, they do it wrong. Now, just pulling one thought out of here. Obviously, some have a greater tenacity for the Word than others. So, everybody sits around like a blank and stares at a box. Two-and-a-half years. We will never be able to defeat sin unless we defeat it with the Word of God. It’s just history and narrative, and you can get it pretty well by just reading straight through it. Now, you finish 1 John. I had a fellow come to me the other night that I’d been discipling, and he said he got into a situation, and he just – this guys was asking him questions, and he couldn’t think of the answers. Contact Information. That is, through the content of Christianity. And that’s why I say it’s dangerous for Christians to just flit around and never have any godly people to whom they submit themselves so that they can watch the pattern of their lives. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. JOHN: Yes. Many young believers take these classes to grow in their understanding of biblical truths. There are a lot of Scriptures that relate to that. Scripture for 1.3.2021; Scripture for 1.2.2021 – Happy Sabbath, day of rest! Who prayed? And you get into these little deals. Really a helpful thing to have. When the Bible speaks, that is the voice of God. Two, that’s no excuse because the Lord says we’re to study the Word. So, I really don’t think you’re dealing with an absolute in that sense. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. And then the thing that’s going to happen is you’ll be able to cross reference. At the end of two-and-a-half years, you’ve knocked off the whole New Testament. I get asked every Sunday to recommend a church in some city. If you don’t know the truth of God, the Holy Spirit has nothing to bring to your mind. And then I would do it from that angle. Every time. And so, this is important. So, I say, “Well, send the person some tapes and some books so that they can begin to study some basic things about what the church should be.” In fact, this book is a good book to do that; it’s just a simple, biblical picture of the church. What did they say? You just divide it into three sections of seven chapters. Maybe somebody like Andrew who isn’t quite as predominant as others. It may be a very godly person that you know very well, another Christian brother or sister. I don’t care if you are a celebrity, you still have to submit yourself to some teaching and some solid feeding by men who are gifted of God and given to the church to teach you. And so, I got out that particular thesis and studied through that to see what the Greek phrase meant. But nevertheless, I feed you.” This just shows us that Paul understood the priority of feeding. You know, I was working real hard to be stupid. Joshua 1:8 gives us insight into this, “The book of the law” – God’s Word – “shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night” – that’s a good way to go to sleep you know. If they ask you about I am the vine, that’s 15. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Then you get happy. So, it is basically important in the Christian life to acknowledge that the Bible is the authority. But don’t miss the meditation. And there’s another book that I use with my kids that’s just great. And a Christian who doesn’t feed himself on the Word of God will find that in a metaphorical sense, he will die in the sense of usefulness; he will die in the sense of joy; he will die in the sense of blessedness. Now, that doesn’t mean that some parts of the Bible are milk and some parts are meat. But there may be some principles of behavior that God has laid down for the Christian. I see so many new Christians whose only orientation to Christianity is they sort of follow around the Christian stars. Don’t spend a lot of your money buying popular kind of Christian books. Then go back and read Colossians. Well, there are some areas where there are – there are more of the practical principles more than the ethical or moral things which I do believe we know. So, we’re creatures of habit. And you have to interpret it properly to do that. Then you go to the Gospel of John. But there are other things in the moral area that I believe God would teach through the Spirit. Then I go verse by verse through the passage, and I get commentaries, and I line up about 10 or 11 commentaries and I read everything everybody’s ever written on that passage because I want to know the whole breadth of information about that verse. For example, 2 Timothy 2:2 says that we are to teach faithful men in order that they may teach others also. And you could – it’d be best if you just pull it right out of your notebook and set it on top so you can take notes right on it on how to study the Scripture. You’ve acknowledged that on your own you can’t make it. If you go to sleep reciting Bible verses, go to sleep reciting the Word of God because it tends to hang in your mind – “meditate day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Success in your life is dependent upon the occupation with the Word of God. Be aware of the fact that the times you don’t want to read it are the times you most need it, and they’re indications of the fact that maybe your approach to the Scripture isn’t all that it ought to be. Just read it through once, and go back and read it through again, and go back and read it through again through your life. I never read that, because that’s just too weird. But as long as the person continually points to the preeminence of Christ and keeps the focus there, I think that there’s a validity in it. And I read B. F. Westcott in the Greek text and found out what he said it meant. It may be one of the other pastors at the church. Maybe somebody like me, if you know me well enough to be able to see the pattern of my life. And I know a lot of people in our church do that. “Tonight we’re having da-da-da-da and his orchestra, wonderful, saved, Christian something-or-other.” And so, they gravitate over there, and they hear Christian music. You’ve read it. Ah, you’re going to go in there and make an idiot out of yourself. So, you can study it; find out all there is about it. Second thing – and we’ll move ahead - the second reason that it is necessary to study the Bible is to defeat sin. Thank you for your assistance in … So, by just reading through the New Testament again, and again, and again, you begin to be able to do that. I used to struggle with the reading of the Bible. And repetition helps you remember. I mean I know when I go to the South and spend two weeks in the South, I come out “talkin’ like this.” Have you ever noticed you do that? All rights reserved. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. At the end of 90 days, you’ve knocked out the Gospel of John. Okay, in studying the Bible, then, you want to study subjects; you want to study outside books so that you’re studying in the Bible and you’re studying those who have commented on the Scripture as well. And you’ve received the Lord Jesus Christ. And you work out little formulas to remember things, and you got all these little keys and signals in your brain and everything because you have to remember things. If you don’t have a family situation, it may be another Christian; it may be another person you’ve led to Christ. My whole life has changed, etcetera, etcetera. And you’d all benefit from it. That’s it, just read it through, close your Bible, have a little time with the Lord and then leave. That’s a happy thing to read Revelation. And the second thing I would say, if God makes a command, he gives us the energy and the Holy Spirit to fulfill that if we’re walking in the Spirit. And you read 7 chapters every day for 30 days, and then the second 7 chapters from chapter 8 through 14, then chapter 15 to 21. QUESTIONER: Do you think there’s a danger in overemphasizing relying on helps and concordances and so that – cutting down on the time after you’ve read and really allowed the Holy Spirit to just speak to you individually and really let you know, you know, what the verse means? And it’s a little bit more lengthy, maybe, then some of the others, but that’s because it’s so very important. And I tend to skip two-three days at a time without studying the Scripture. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night.” That’s a happy man. QUESTIONER: Okay, just one more thing. One is, yes, it’s true that some people are more disciplined than others. I don’t think we need to label little segments and say, “Well, if you didn’t do it in this context and read this kind of a thing with this thing in mind, it doesn’t count. The sword of the Spirit - which is what? Whatever works, right? Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. Verse 1 says, “Laying aside all evil” – all evil – “and all guile” – that’s deceit – “all hypocrisy” – or phoniness – “all envy, and all evil speaking” – that’s talking about somebody behind their back. JOHN: I think that’s a very important question, and it relates to two scriptural passages. I’ll buy that. And I say, “Well, I mean I come out here every Sunday, and there’s 3,000 people sitting there saying, ‘Say something, MacArthur.’” “What do you expect? Studying for Sunday service your community and beyond, free of charge Grace you. Would grow used by R. A. Torrey that was given away by a Billy Graham sometime. 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