Arthur W. Pink’s Bible Study Method

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“In my early years I assiduously followed this threefold course: first, I read through the entire Bible three times a year (eight chapters in the Old Testament, and two in the New Testament daily.) I steadily persevered in this for ten years, in order to familiarize myself with its contents, which can only be done by consecutive reading. Second, I studied a portion of the Bible each week, concentrating for ten minutes (or more) each day on the same passage, pondering the order of it, the connection between each statement, seeking a definition of the important terms in it, looking up all the marginal references, being on the look-out for its typical significance. Third, I meditated on one verse each day; writing it out on a slip of paper in the morning, memorizing it, consulting it at odd moments through the day; pondering separately each word in it, asking God to open for me its spiritual meaning and to write it on my heart. The verse was my food for that day, meditation standing to reading as mastication does to eating.

The more some such method as the above be followed out, the more shall we be able to say, ‘thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path’ [Ps 119:105].”

– from Letters of A.W. Pink.

Daily Roundup

Dangerous Calling – A new book out by Paul Tripp. You can read the introduction and first chapter in PDF format by clicking on the link.

Hospitality and the Great Commission – In a progressively post-Christian society, the importance of hospitality as an evangelistic asset is growing rapidly. Increasingly, the most strategic turf on which to engage the unbelieving with the good news of Jesus may be the turf of our own homes.

A Thirst for Hermeneutics – Would you let a surgeon, two weeks out of medical school, perform brain surgery?  Our Pastors need to be properly trained in the art of Biblical Interpretation (Hermeneutics) because they are dealing with eternal issues, not just temporal ones.

Elements of Productive Bible Study: Meditate – John MacArthur’s post continue on studying the Bible.  These are very informative articles.

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“The purest joy in the world is joy in Christ Jesus.  When the Spirit is poured down, his people get very near and clear views of the Lord Jesus.  They eat his flesh and drink his blood.  They come to a personal cleaving to the Lord.  They taste that the Lord is gracious.  His blood and righteousness appear infinitely perfect, full and free to their soul.  They sit under his shadow with great delight. . . . They lean on the Beloved.  They find infinite strength in him for the use of their soul — grace for grace — all they can need in any hour of trial and suffering to the very end.” – Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Daily Roundup

Are We Too “At Ease” – Interesting article that ought to make us think about the way we look at our lives in the Western world.

Future Grace Revised Edition Book Recommendation – I have read the original version twice and highly recommend that if you haven’t read it, or even if you have, that you get this book and devour it.

Delaware the First State to Outlaw Spanking? – Another sign of the times in governmental control over our lives and our ability to raise our families.

Mark Driscoll Needs to Repent – Chris Rosebrough reviews Mark Driscoll’s latest sermon on Esther.

Creeds and Confession in the Contemporary Church – An audio file where Dr. Carl R. Trueman discuss’s the important role of creeds and confessions in the church through his book The Creedal Imperative.

Elements of Productive Bible Study – Part 2 – The second part of yesterday’s initial post on Bible study.

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By entertaining of strange persons, men sometimes entertain angels unawares: but by entertaining of strange doctrines, many have entertained devils unaware. – John Flavel

Daily Roundup

8 Rules for Growing in Godliness – Our growth in godliness is a grace from God, derived from our union with Jesus, and is a work of the Holy Spirit, and yet we are active throughout in both killing sin and living unto righteousness.

Elements of Productive Bible Study – Is studying the Bible hard?  Do you not really know how to start studying the Bible?  John MacArthur gives some tips on how to start.

Understanding the Times:  An Interview with Carl Trueman – From the current issue of Table Talk Magazine.

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 and the Case for Sola Scriptura – A transcript of a debate by Dr. James White that took place 19 years ago on the sufficiency of Scripture.

People Prospering Under Ol’ Fashioned Preaching – No pastorate will be successful in the absence of biblical preaching​The faithful preaching of a humble, prayerful pastor is one of God’s greatest means for building up His people.

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The knowledge that we all have the same creator and maker admonishes us not to harbor contempt for God’s work, whether in ourselves or in another, by asking “Why did he make it like this?” Thus we read in Isaiah, “Woe to anyone who, like an earthen potsherd, argues with its maker. Shall the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’” And in Proverbs, “Whoever disregards the needy insults their maker.” And so this faith, wherein we believe that we have been created by God, brings about these three things in our hearts: First, that with all our hearts we depend in all things upon God our creator. Second, that each of us be contented with our circumstances–indeed, that we embrace them with thanksgiving, given that God our creator has placed us in them. Third, that none of us view our neighbor’s circumstances with contempt, however vile and miserable they be, lest we thereby cast aspersions upon our common creator. – Wolfgang Musculus

Daily Roundup

Is The Gospel Enough? – When it becomes chic to talk about the gospel then watch out because much gospel-talk will contain more talk than gospel.

The Colossian “Hymn” – Colossians 1:15-20, is one of the most Christ-glorifying passages of all the New Testament.  Imagine a hymn using this text.

Elements of Productive Bible Study:  READ! – One of the key elements of productive Bible study is to read the Bible.   A novel concept, I agree.  But osmosis hasn’t worked for me so far.

Is God’s Love Unconditional? – Where in Scripture do we find this notion of the unconditional love of God? If God’s love is absolutely unconditional, why do we tell people that they have to repent and have faith in order to be saved?

I Feel Sorry For God – It’s sort of darkly-funny that a people who are themselves so unable, unwilling to keep the Law can be also so intent on making sure God is judging other people.

Looking Away from Self to Jesus – How we need to do a better job of this in our walk in Christ.

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The Gospel, buy it’s nature, to our nature, is offensive.  If we are not being offended by the Gospel everyday we need to examine and see if we are walking in “The Way”. – Thom Cole

Daily Roundup

Staying in His Lane – Al Mohler takes a look at a recent interview that Joel Osteen did this past week.

The Many Motivators For Personal Holiness – A 4 minute video interview with Kevin DeYoung on his book, The Hole in Our Holiness.

Introduction to the New Testament – Louis Berkhof’s Introduction to the New Testament in 3 formats.

Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship – If there is gospel etiquette for the gathered church, it starts with evaluating my heart.

What Does Sola Scriptura Mean – Just in case you ever wondered.

When Study isn’t Study – What is proper Bible study.

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We can no longer assume that just because a church is Southern Baptist it therefore genuinely understands the gospel and knows how it works to save sinners. – Tom Ascol

Proper Bible Study

I was scrolling through my list of blog rolls this morning and came across this from John MacArthur and was incredibly blessed by his affirmation of what I have come to understand.  The original can be found here.

While we understand that sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people through His Word, it’s not an entirely passive process for believers. Spiritual maturity doesn’t come through osmosis—it takes careful discipline and hard work, even in the basics like how we study Scripture.

Last week we established the vital role of God’s Word in our spiritual growth, and the pattern by which it transforms our lives. But that process hinges on how we approach the Bible and seek to understand it. Your spiritual growth can be stalled or even derailed by uninformed faith and bad hermeneutics.

You’ve probably seen firsthand the willy-nilly way some people approach Scripture. Looking for “a word from the Lord,” some play a game of Bible roulette, flipping at random through their Bibles, looking for something that seems applicable to whatever trial or need they’re facing. When they find something that vaguely applies to their situation, they treat it as a special revelation from the Lord just for them.

But hunting and pecking through Scripture won’t produce mature believers. In fact, it’s far more likely to hinder your spiritual growth than to build up your faith and understanding.

You might have heard the story of a man who was wrestling with a major decision and decided to close his eyes, open Continue reading

Daily Roundup

Wherever riches have increased, the essence of religion has decreased – A quote from Charles Wesley that is brought to light in an article on Prosperity by Margaret Manning.

God Cannot Deny Himself – Sounds pretty narcissistic, but it is a factual reality.  For God to deny himself would mean he isn’t God.  A message from John Piper.

Sinners in a Fishbowl – Barnabas Piper, John Piper’s son, talks about being a preachers kid.

Bible Study group no longer welcome at McDonald’s – And to think I stopped at one this morning to grab a cup of coffee.  Hmmmm.

Some Basic Thoughts on Manhood – Thabiti Anyabwile (yes, that is his name) opens up and talks about the topic of manhood.