Study, then Do

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein…to do…all that is written therein.

—Joshua 1:8


The great American evangelist, Charles Finney, went so far as to declare bluntly that it is sinful to teach the Bible without moral application. He asked what good is accomplished merely to study a course in the Bible to find out what it says, if there is to be no obligation to do anything as a result of what has been learned?

There can be a right and a wrong emphasis in conducting Bible classes. I am convinced that some Bible classes are nothing more than a means whereby men become even more settled in their religious prejudices.

Only when we have moral application are we in the Bible method! When we give ourselves seriously to Bible study, we discover the Holy Spirit’s method. “This is what God did, and this is what God did. Therefore, this is what you ought to do!” That is always the Bible way. ICH137

Let’s practice the art of Bible meditation….Let us open our Bibles, spread them out on a chair and meditate on the Word of God. It will open itself to us, and the Spirit of God will come and brood over it….Put away the questions and answers and the filling in of blank lines…and in faith say, “Father, here I am. Begin to teach me!” COU137


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