Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. The whole idea of meditation. That’s very, very important. But really, the only thing you can do is maybe send them some books or some other tapes so that they become built up in the faith somewhere and can make a proper judgment of a church. Now, there are other good books that other men speak through with the emphasis on Scripture and application and interpretation, but there is no substitute for the Bible. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. But I don’t think that’s a crucial thing. You’ll be going through, “Oh, yeah, that’s over there in Philippians 2. JOHN: I think that’s a very important question, and it relates to two scriptural passages. Some people seem to – I mean maybe have been brought up a certain way that it’s very easy for them to discipline themselves to study, where other people really have a hard time with that, even though they want to, but it’s hard to be consistent. But I mean that’s the point. And then I would do it from that angle. But then if I took off and began to develop the character of God, the character of His love, how His love works, what His love is defined at in the Scripture, the depths of all that that concept means, then that gets deeper, and deeper, and deeper and deeper, and gets into the meat aspect of that same simple truth. Then you go to the Gospel of John. And that’s exactly what it does. And the longer they stay that way, the more tragic they become. And sometimes it’s hard to drum that up. Practically, from my viewpoint, the toughest time for me is my vacation, because I tend not have that constant pattern of study. And I thought, “Now, that’s an interesting commendation for a man.” And I thought – I got to thinking about the idea of commending. But don’t miss the meditation. He was trying to get up and tell everybody what a wonderful thing it is to be a saved celebrity, and the truth of the matter was that he was eating his heart out because he wasn’t growing. Babies aren’t really that useful. And really, if you didn’t do anything but just read it, and come to church and listen, and come to Bible studies and listen, that’s fine. That’s a happy man. You know, habits are just doing things repetitiously. And you’ll find that out of a chapter will come so much stuff you won’t believe it. You’re following him because he knows how to handle his imperfection. John MacArthur's Grace To You on twr360. I do believe that. I’d just, you know, read the verse and hit the commentaries. But you want to be sure your meditation is correct, that you’re thinking on the proper thing. I know in my life, that was my first time I got a hold of some helps and commentaries. There are some Christians who read all kinds of books rather than the Bible. How best can you solve a person’s problem? So, that’s the preparation. All right, so then once you’ve read it all, then you begin to study it. Now I want to give you some time to ask questions. I don’t know about you, but I like to be happy rather than sad. And I’d read through a book, and I’d get done and wouldn’t know anything about the book. JOHN: That’s really hard for me to answer personally, because I do it so many different ways. © 2021 Grace to You. It is necessary also to study Scripture to help others. So, everybody sits around like a blank and stares at a box. So, you want to be sure you submit yourself to a teacher. So, I’m going to go through – I’m going to go through the book of Isaiah and find everything I could find in there about judgment, and then I’ll know something of why God judges and how he judges and what the response is. “Have not I commanded thee?” verse 9 says, “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee wherever you go.”. So, there’s all different ways that you do it. Then you have somebody coming in from the outside with his legs crossed and a silly suit on and his hair hanging down his back who says he’s sitting in the corner and meditate. Right? And that we can’t say, “Well, I’m sorry, I’ve taken a psychological survey, and I’m undisciplined. And we want to spend just a minute on that. It’ll give you comfort in times of discouragement. That’s one way. Don’t break your pattern on a normal basis. So, feel free. I’ll suggest probably the simplest one for a new Christian to use would be Wycliffe. That would be a great study. And so, I may read 12 commentaries on every verse in that whole section. When the Bible speaks, that is the voice of God. If you are interested in signing up for FOF, or would just like some more information, please feel free to stop by the patio table on Sunday morning or give us a call during the week. And then it’s important also to have a topical index. Is it something that you do yourself apart from studying for Sunday service? We are babies. Chapter 20’s the resurrection. And I know a lot of people in our church do that. Well, there are some areas where there are – there are more of the practical principles more than the ethical or moral things which I do believe we know. International orders will be charged a flat rate of $5.95 per pound. Scripture for 1.1.2021, Happy New Year!! And I take all kinds of notes on that, and then I throw all that together and out comes Sunday morning – – good, bad, or indifferent. When you see miserable people, the first question to ask them is, “Have you studied the Bible today?” A simple question. Now, just pulling one thought out of here. What is the one weapon the Christian has? And I know that life is made up of miserable times and happy times. And you ought to somehow try to establish enough of a relationship with that individual to be able to speak with them and to concern yourself with the things in their life that would apply to you. So, preparation involves purification. So, it is basically important in the Christian life to acknowledge that the Bible is the authority. QUESTIONER: John, if you know someone who’s a new Christian, and they’re in a – they’re far away from you, and they can’t attend a church in your area, how do you – what advice do you give them on choosing a church and what to look for? JOHN: Well, it probably would differ. One of the marks of a true Christian is a desire for the Word of God. JOHN: Yes. I just kind of go and blow wherever.”. That’s why Paul always went around saying, “Follow me, follow me, because I’m following Christ.” You need some – some flesh that you can see the pattern of life. For example, it’s good to have a concordance. And what happens is you don’t feed the baby, it dies. But the facts are maybe he doesn’t get as much out of it as somebody who does it a little more scattered but has a greater intensity of heart. At the end of two-and-a-half years, you’ve knocked off the whole New Testament. People come to me from time to time, and they say I wish my life was clean; it’s a mess. QUESTIONER: And, “I’m like so-and-so, therefore I’m godly.” You know what I mean? It is true, I think, and Jesus point it out that if somebody does really believe, and their faith is really saving faith, and they’ve really come to Christ, they will continue in His Word. And so forth and so forth and so forth. If you don’t know how to read, you need to get the New Testament on tape. He said in the article, “The best way to avoid God is number one, never be alone, and number two, always have the music on.” He even went so far as to say, “There’s nothing to talk about anymore in our world.”. You can study a character, a biography, anything you want. He has authored a number of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, and One Perfect Life. If they ask you about I am the vine, that’s 15. So, here was a man who was a leader in the church, who was usurping the place of Christ, and he wanted the preeminence. You sometimes are even called babes. What do you mean by death? So, I decided to start with 1 John, and that’s what I would do. So, you can’t just say, “Well, I want to read it, and whatever God says to me, that’s good.” You know, half the time you’re at least going to be out of context or misinterpret the Scripture, and you’ve missed the whole point. In fact, I believe even an unregenerate man knows those by conscience. We are to grow. Well, sure. And I read B. F. Westcott in the Greek text and found out what he said it meant. And there are a lot of Christians like that that are just in the way. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. And later on in the day, you might want to do it again. That was good. See? And I think that one way to do it is to send them books or tapes that will strengthen them and help them to grow to a position where they can make a proper evaluation. QUESTIONER: I realize it will be a long answer, but I was wondering in which order you’re supposed to read. Maybe somebody like me, if you know me well enough to be able to see the pattern of my life. Guest. So, in the life of every Christian, there must be that daily nourishing in the Word of God. It’s all systematic theology for a child, basic doctrine. You know? He’s got a tremendous task. There aren’t any conversations that haven’t been held. It is the only rule we have for life. The way I study is to take the – first of all, I would read the text in several versions, along with the Greek text handy there, until I understand it. Does that answer it? And I’m not saying that just meditating on the Word is wrong, but if you’re going to be thorough, then you ought to go at it that way. So, you help others when you know the Word of God. You have been born into the family of God. And a Christian who doesn’t feed himself on the Word of God will find that in a metaphorical sense, he will die in the sense of usefulness; he will die in the sense of joy; he will die in the sense of blessedness. People say to me, “Well, how can you possibly study as much as you do?”. Log In What this says to me is...” Well, I’m not interested in what it says to you. If somebody asks you, “Where’s the woman at the well,” you know where the woman at the well is at. What makes a good servant of Christ? Twenty-one is the restoration of Peter. I sometimes – like today, I got this concept that came cross where there was a man named Gaius. And the word “minister” means servant. Find out how you can be at peace with God for eternity as John MacArthur shows you fifteen words that sum up the most powerful truth in all of Scripture. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. Now, that desire may vary; there may be some new Christians who have a very minimal desire, and I think very often the fault of that can be in the church that they’re in, or in the Christian community that they’re in where there’s no emphasis on the Word, and they don’t really understand what that means. So, I really don’t think you’re dealing with an absolute in that sense. So, continuing in the Word of God is definitely the mark of a Christian. Whatever you’re study is going to be on, find some good material on that or get some tapes on that and get some outside input. Well, that’s good. It is the only standard we have for behavior. There’s one called The Children’s Living New Testament that is designed around an 850-word vocabulary. While you’re studying, find somebody else that you can share your information with. Please respond to confirm your registration. We sent you an email. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. QUESTIONER: Well, I understand that, but I think, though, that there’s a real danger in that, just becoming a person follower. And then down, down, and Mary and Urbanus and all this. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Joshua 1:8 gives us insight into this, “The book of the law” – God’s Word – “shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night” – that’s a good way to go to sleep you know. But we could develop that to the place where it becomes very complex and that would be the meat end of it. But I think if you recognize that when you feel that way, that’s when you need it most, maybe that’s a help. Then you become a willing and capable pupil of the Word of God. QUESTIONER: Do you think there’s a danger in overemphasizing relying on helps and concordances and so that – cutting down on the time after you’ve read and really allowed the Holy Spirit to just speak to you individually and really let you know, you know, what the verse means? By knowing what the Bible says about their problem and how to handle it. Or when I go to Mexico, and I’m there for two weeks, and I come home, and everybody I see I say, “Buenos dias.” You know? But I feel, as I said earlier, that the way to study is, first of all, to go through the Scripture and get all you can get on the Scripture, and then supplement that scriptural understanding with any books that you have available. Www gty org fof - donutkabobs.com. What was the answer? Now, what we mean by this is submit yourself to teaching: good Bible teaching. And repetition helps you remember. This is an informal setting where we gather and share with each other the word of God and call upon our God to do great things for His glory. You know, we’ve got a lot of people going around saying, “The Bible means this to me.” Well, you know, if you interpret the Bible that way, everybody’s got their own thing. You know, He spent most of the nights in communion with the Father. Examples could include: incorrect or missing pastor/teacher name, sermon title, scripture reference, ministry association, spelling error, etc. And all that means is you can go to that book, and it’ll tell you ever Scripture on any subject you want. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. For example, let me give you an idea. Sure. And it has a devastating effect on me. Then go back and read Colossians. At the end of 90 days, you’ve knocked out the Gospel of John. You could say, for example, “I want to know about God’s judgment. Roman numeral II in your outline, “How is it done?” And if you have any questions as we go, write them down and we’ll talk about them in just a minute. We put on whichever pant leg goes on first always goes on first by the time you get to be 40 years old. “What are the other thoughts that build to the key thought?” Write all of those down. It says in 1 John 2:14, “I have written unto you, fathers, because you’ve know Him that is from the beginning. Be in a Bible class; be in a church service where somebody’s teaching the Word of God. Well, I realized that, and so I began to think, “Well, probably the best way to read the Bible is to read it repetitiously. Then in the middle of that I see concepts. You know? Now the pastoral ministry and biblical study of Dr. John MacArthur is available to you in this fully redesigned second edition. But if you know how to read, you read. You know, we basically do the same things all the time. I think maybe there is a day when you will break your pattern because you have to work on your lesson. JOHN: Yes. But once you’ve gotten it all read, you’re going to find out that you already are pretty well able to interpret it, because the Bible is interpreted best by itself. 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It is the New Testament, but I also think the Old Testament is great for kids, too. And I suggested this in the little book on God’s Will is Not Lost. I don’t think we need to label little segments and say, “Well, if you didn’t do it in this context and read this kind of a thing with this thing in mind, it doesn’t count. How do I clean it up? Scripture for 12.30.2020; Follow Exploring God's Library on WordPress.com Translate Now, here is a young man, in this particular book, who was going to go out and do a tremendous job. And everywhere he went, he said, “Be ye imitators of me as I am of Christ. It is critical. And as I said, you can study a book, going through it to get the understanding of it; or you can study a topic like prayer, or judgment, or any of those things we mentioned. And you’ll find that in every good thing like that, Satan will want to push you to the limits, you know, so that you become a little rubber duck who quacks the same way everybody else quacks. So, they go to some church because somebody takes them there, and the church is all goofed up. It says in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hidden in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” When a Christian takes the Bible in, it becomes a preventative to sin. “What do I understand?” Write that down. We are to be growing. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. Or maybe there’s somebody who isn’t even one yet, and you need to teach them. But in certain cases, that will vary. FOF classes are held throughout the year, and each new class starts based on sign-ups. What does Scripture say? I don’t think that the habit performed ritualistically or legalistically is a substitute for what really should be going on. Okay? In Ephesians chapter 6, what is the armor that is used to fight against Satan? So, you can study it; find out all there is about it. That was His time. Very, very helpful. 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