If we thus ask for the guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit, it will follow, dear friends, that we shall be ready to use all means and helps towards the understanding of the Scriptures.
When Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch whether he understood the prophecy of Isaiah he replied, “How can I, unless some man should guide me?” Then Philip went up and explained to him the word of the Lord.
From John Piper:
Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.
Three reasons this is not legalism:
The Bible has some interesting things to say about the importance of God’s Word and how it relates to His personal presence with us.
Everyone wants to experience a deeper intimacy with God and feel a greater sense of His presence and be filled with more of His Spirit. And the Bible tells us that the main way that happens is through His Word, the Bible.
It is helpful to think of this in trinitarian categories - God’s word as a revelation of God, more specifically of Jesus Christ and, more specifically again, the Spirit of Christ.
This paper may fall into the hands of someone who "loves and believes the Bible, and yet reads it Only a little." I fear there are many such people in this day. It is a clay of hustle and hurry. It is a day of talking and committee meetings, and public work. These things are all very well in their way, but I fear that they sometimes clip and cut short the private reading of the Bible. Does your conscience tell you that you are one of the persons I speak of? Listen to me, and I will say a few things which deserve your serious attention.
“One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).
Is this something that God commands every Christian to do?
Many are puzzled by that question, because if we say “yes,” it immediately seems impractical. On the other hand, if we say “no,” we seem to be diminishing the force of Jesus’ command.
Romans 8 is widely regarded as the greatest chapter in the greatest book of the Bible.
Martin Luther called Romans:
The chief part of the New Testament, and the very purest gospel. It is well worth a Christian's while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily.
He went on to say that:
If the Bible were a ring then Romans would be a the gem that enhanced that ring...Romans 8 would be the brilliant splendor that emanated from that ring
Advent, meaning "coming" or "arrival", is the four week period running up to Christmas, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. For some this is a special time of the year to reflect more deeply on the coming of Jesus into the world to save sinners. Although we should always be thinking on these things, there is value in celebrating special seasons each year. As one authors puts it "When evertything is special, nothing is. God wants us to cultivate a biblical cadence and rhythm to our lives, and not a constant pounding 1".
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Captiol Hill Baptist Church, preached 66 sermons on every book of the Bible. The Old Testament sermon series was made into the book Promises Made. The New Testament Overview series formed the book Promises Kept. The entire series available online and the links posted below.
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