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- Paperback: 225 pages
- Publisher: Christian Publishing House (August 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1-945757-11-2
- ISBN-10: 1-945757-11-6
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Book Description and Authors
How can we find more enjoyment in studying the Bible? How can we make our study periods more productive? What circumstances contribute to effective personal study? How can we derive real benefit and pleasure from our Bible reading? From what activities can time be bought out for reading and studying the Bible? Why should we watch our spiritual feeding habits? What benefits come from reading and studying the Scriptures? There is a great and constantly growing interest in the study of the English Bible in these days. However, very much of the so-called study of the English Bible is unintelligent and not fitted to produce the most satisfactory results. The authors of this book already have a book entitled “HOW TO STUDY: Study the Bible for the Greatest Profit,” but that book is intended for those who are willing to buy out the time to put into thorough Bible study. The present book is intended, first of all, to impress men and women with the Importance and Value of Bible Study; secondly, to show busy men and women how to get the most out of their Bible Study; thirdly, to set forth the fundamental principles of correct Biblical Interpretation.―R. A. TORREY.
REUBEN ARCHER TORREY [1856–1928] was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. Torrey studied at Yale University, Yale Divinity School, Leipzig University, Erlangen University and received a doctorate from Wheaton College. Soon after becoming a congregational minister, Torrey joined Dwight L. Moody in his evangelistic work in Chicago. Torrey authored over 40 books in his lifetime.
The Bible is unlike any other book—it contains loving instruction from God. (1 Thess. 2:13) If we apply what the Bible teaches, we will benefit greatly. We will increase your love for God and will draw close to him, the Giver of “every good gift and every perfect present.” (Jam. 1:17) We will come to know how to approach him in prayer. During times of trouble, we can experience God’s help. If we harmonize our life with the standards set out in the Bible, God will give us everlasting life.—Romans 6:2
The Bible contains truths that give enlightenment. Those who gain Bible knowledge are liberated from the misconceptions that dominate the lives of millions. For example, knowing the truth about what happens after we die frees us from fear that the dead can harm us or that our dead relatives and friends are suffering. (Ezekiel 18:4) The Bible’s teaching of the resurrection gives comfort to those who have lost loved ones in death. (John 11:25) Knowing the truth about wicked angels alerts us to the dangers of Spiritism and helps us to understand why there is so much trouble on earth.
The godly principles in the Bible show us how to live in a way that brings physical benefits. For example, being “moderate in habits” contributes to good health. (1 Tim. 3:2) By ‘cleansing ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit,’ we avoid damaging our health. (2 Cor. 7:1) Applying God’s counsel found in the Bible also promotes happiness in marriage and self-respect.—1 Corinthians 6:18.
Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world are lacking the basic knowledge of the Bible’s teachings. Moreover, they are, therefore, unable to take advantage of the full happiness of partaking in the joint worship of God; they need to have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil, they need to leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and move on to maturity. This book has been penned for that very purpose, to help all Christians to increase and expand their understanding of God’s Word and to apply it more fully in their lives. Be aware that this book will ask questions that are designed, to help us investigate our inner-self.
God has chosen to convey an extremely important message to the human family, one that is a matter of life and death. In the Bible of 66 smaller books, we find God’s will and purpose for us and what role we need to play to receive the gift of life. Sir Matthew Hale, lord chief justice of England, once said: “The Bible is the only source of all Christian truth;—the only rule for the Christian life;—the only book that unfolds to us the realities of eternity.”
If we are to know God, it only stands to reason; we must know his Word—The Bible. Jesus Christ makes this all too clear for us when he said in prayer to his Father: “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3) Therefore, here we see that “eternal life” is closely related to our knowing (having a personal relationship with) God and his Son, Jesus Christ. It is the apostle John who answers the why: “The world is passing away, and its lusts; but the one who does the will of God remains forever .”—1 John 2:17.
To know “ the will of God ,” we must recognize that the Bible is our only guide in this matter. Paul wrote, “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the accurate knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the accurate knowledge of God. (Col. 1:9-10) Is it possible to “ walk worthily ” of God without fully knowing his will ? Is it possible to know his will without first understanding the Bible?
Psalm 119:165 Updated American Standard Version
165 Abundant peace belongs to those loving your law,
And for them there is no stumbling block.
At times it must be difficult for us even to contemplate the idea of finding any measure of peace in the world we now know. However, it is our love for God’s Word and the application of that Word, which will give us a righteous standing before our Creator (being justified in his eyes) and a measure of peace and happiness now. Thus, the incentive to know our Bible is far greater than one might have thought—approval in God’s eyes as well as peace and happiness and the hope of a future eternal life.― EDWARD D. ANDREWS
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored fifty-five books and coauthored and updated and expanded three books, as well as over 200 articles. Andrews is the chief translator of the Updated American Standard Version.