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Summary: We deepen the study beyond reading to Bible Study.

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#3 Dare to read the Bible

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.

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Some of this is repetition or purpose.

Repetition is a literary tool to stress important points.

TEXT:

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which LOVE (STUDY) thy law, and nothing shall offend them.

Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.

Psa. 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Matt 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES, NOR THE POWER OF GOD.

2 Tim. 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; BUT AFTER THEIR OWN LUST shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. 4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables. Let’s not seek fables and stories,

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15. And how shall they preach, except they be sent?...17. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the word of God.

Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

WHICH IS YOUR GUIDE?

Author unknown

ON THE TABLE SIDE BY SIDE,

THE HOLY BIBLE AND THE TV GUIDE.

ONE IS WELL-WOREN

BUT CHERISHED WITH PRIDE---

NO, NOT THE BIBLE, BUT THE TV GUIDE.

ONE IS USED DAILY TO HELP FOLK DECIDE,

NO, IT IS NOT THE BIBLE,

IT’S THE TV GUIDE.

THE WORD OF GOD IS SELDOM READ,

MAYBE A VERSE, ERE THEY FALL IN BED,

EXHAUSTED AND SLEEPY AND TIRED AS CAN BE,

NO, NOT FROM READING THE BIBLE,

BUT FROM WATCHING THE TV.

SO BACK TO THE TABLE,

SIDE BY SIDE,

ARE THE HOLY BIBLE AND THE TV GUIDE.

NO TIME FOR PRAYER,

NO TIME FOR THE WORD.

THE PLAN OF SALVATION IS SELDOM HEARD.

FORGIVENESS FROM SIN,

SO FULL AND FREE,

IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE---

AND NOT ON TV.

THE BIBLE--- GOD’S HOLY WORD

Author unknown

The Bible contains the Mind of God

the state of man,

the Way of Salvation,

the doom of sinners,

the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are Holy,

its precepts are binding,

its histories are true,

its decisions immutable.

Read it wisely,

believe it to be safe,

and practice it to be holy and pure before God.

It contains light to direct you,

food to sustain you,

and comfort to lift and cheer you.

It is a traveler’s map,

a pilgrim’s staff,

the pilot’s compass,

the soldiers sword,

and the Christian’s character.

Christ is its subject,

our good is its design,

the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory,

rule the heart,

discipline the flesh,

and guide the feet.

Read it slowly,

Read it frequently,

read it prayerfully.

It is given life to you,

It will opened in the Judgment,

and forever remembered.

It involves the highest responsibility,

rewards the greatest effort and labor,

and condemns all who make light off its holy precepts.

This is part #3 Dare to read and study your Bible.

(Why should I study?)

We are actively pondering the Imperative Command in the Bible to STUDY. We must establishes we are commanded to study the Word of God.

Our text is 2 Timothy 2:15.

WHY SHOULD I GO BEYOND READING

AND STUDY THE BIBLE?

#1 THE BIBLE CLEARLY COMMANDS YOU TO STUDY....

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I have told this story, but I use it again.

Many years ago, I was very young and attended the School of Ministry. A very wise old pastor was teaching us some powerful lessons. At the end of the class, we were allowed to ask questions.

One young man asked, "How many times have you read your Bible through?"

The minister of over 40 years, answered painfully honest, ...

he replied, "I don’t know if I have ever read it from cover to cover?"

He bowed his head. He promised this would change.

Many leaders fail to study the word of God, we rather listen to tapes and read current works? If the ministers of today gave the Bible equal time to the TV set revival would be loosed.

#2 GOOD BIBLE STUDY KEEPS YOU FROM SIN ...

Sin will keep you away from the word of God, and the word of God will keep you away from sin.

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