Study Sermon Illustrations

Study Sermon Illustrations

'Search the Scriptures', said the Lord Jesus Christ, using the Greek word which implies a strict, diligent, curious search such as men make when seeking gold, or hunters when hunting game.

(John 5. 39)

Daily Study

If the Saviour's won your heart
And for Heaven you've made a start,
Study well your Bible chart,
And go on.

Bear in mind that what you know
Proves itself by what you show;
Let your life be all aglow,
And go on.

Never from your purpose turn!
Daily from your Master learn.
Walk with Jesus, then you'll burn
And go on.

Buy the truth and sell it not:
Praise the Lord for what you've got;
Be content whate'er your lot,
And go on.

(Acts 17. 11; 2 Tim. 3. 14-17)

How to Study

In the study of the Scriptures, 'on the threshhold of your task you will find a host of lurking demons to lure you away from it,' warns Dr. Samuel Zwemer. In this, as in all branches of study, 'con­centration is the secret of success,' as Emerson has said.

D. L. Moody said: 'I never saw a useful Christian who was not a student of the Bible. If a person neglects the Bible there is not much for the Holy Spirit to work with. We must have the Word.' And Bengel's advice is very sound: 'Apply yourself wholly to the Scriptures, and apply the Scriptures wholly to yourself.'

Study Prayerfully

My pail I'm often dropping deep down into the well.
It never touched the bottom, however deep it fell.
And though I keep on dipping by study, faith and prayer,
I have no power to measure the living water there.

(John 4. 11; Acts 17. 11)

What to Study

The subjects for the Christian's study programme can be remembered easily from an acrostic on the word `study'.

Study the Scriptures: by reading, searching, comparing and meditating.

Theology: the knowledge of God Who has revealed Himself in His Word the Universe: the wisdom and power of God in all His works.

Doctrine: acquainting ourselves with sound, systematic teaching.

Yourself: remembering Paul's exhortation to Timothy—`Take heed to thyself and to the doctrine.'

(1 Tim. 4. 13, 15, 16; 2 Tim. 2. 15)

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