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.
In Paul's second letter to Timothy he asks that:
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. (2 Tim. 4:13)
Knowledge should lead to worship. The true knowledge of God will result not in our being puffed up with conceit at how knowledgeable we are, but in our falling on our faces before God in sheer wonder and crying, “O the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” Whenever our knowledge becomes dry or leaves us cold, something has gone wrong. For whenever Christ opens the Scriptures to us and we learn from him, our heart should be aglow within us. The more we know God the more we should love him.
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.
Howard & William Hendricks, in Living by the Book, give 6 tips for reading the Bible repetitively.
1) Read entire books in one sitting - This gives us a better grasp of the unity of each book. Skipping from passage to passage means we never get a sense of the whole.
From Trevin Wax:
“Bible study won’t change your life.”
OK, I admit to indulging in a bit of overstatement to shock you into recognizing what should be obvious: just because you know the Bible doesn’t mean the Word will bear fruit in your life. It is possible to know the Scriptures, read the Scriptures, revere the Scriptures, and study the Scriptures and miss the point entirely.
Take the liberal scholar who knows the Greek New Testament better than most orthodox pastors. He can quote whole sections of the Bible in its original languages. Definitions of biblical words tumble out of his mouth as he effortlessly places everything in historical context. And yet he does not believe in the Jesus he reads about in the pages of the Bible. Sure, he is endlessly fascinated by the communities that gave us such an interesting artifact of study. But to him, his job is to immerse himself into a world of fables and dreams. The Bible is an epic story with no bearing on reality today.
Theology is simply the study of God. We are all “theologians” in this sense. Every time we open our Bibles or reflect upon some aspect of Christianity (or any religion for that matter) we are “doing theology”. Yet many in the church feel theology is only for the academics. In this blog Kevin DeYoung offers 6 good reasons why theology is important for everyone.
Looking over everything I’ve bookmarked recently, I noticed a few articles and quotes related to reading. I don’t just mean reading the Bible, though that is our main priority. I mean reading books, commentaries, articles etc. from Christian and non-Christian authors, scholars and pastors, both past and present.