How to Study the Bible
This classic book by Dwight L. Moody brings to light the necessity of studying the Scriptures, presents methods which help stimulate excitement for the Scriptures, and offers tools to help you comprehend the difficult passages in the Scriptures.
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I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast caused me to live. (Psalm 119:93)
There is no situation in life for which you cannot find some word of consolation in Scripture. If you are in affliction, if you are in adversity and trial, there is a promise for you. In joy and sorrow, in health and in sickness, in poverty and in riches, in every condition of life, God has a promise stored up in His Word for you.
This classic book by Dwight L. Moody brings to light the necessity of studying the Scriptures, presents methods which help stimulate excitement for the Scriptures, and offers tools to help you comprehend the difficult passages in the Scriptures. To live a victorious Christian life, you must read and understand what God is saying to you. Moody is a master of using stories to illustrate what he is saying, and you will be both inspired and convicted to pursue truth from the pages of God’s Word.
Previous title: Pleasure & Profit in Bible Study
About the Author
Dwight L. Moody, determined to make a fortune, arrived in Chicago and started selling shoes. But Christ found him and his energies were redirected into full-time ministry. And what a ministry it was. Today, Moody’s name still graces a church, a mission, a college, and more. Moody loved God and men, and the power of a love like that impacts generations.
“They had heard the minister say that no once could know whether they were saved or not, and they believed what the minister said instead of what the Word of God said. Others read the Bible to make it fit in and prove their favorite creed or notions, and if it does not do so, they will read not read it anymore. It has been well said that we must not read the Bible by the blue light of Presbyterianism, nor by the red light of Methodism, nor the violet light of Episcopalianism, but by the light of the Spirit of God” (Moody, page 114).
How to Study the Bible by Dwight L. Moody contains 18 chapters of standard Moody descriptions and feeling, complete with his stories surrounding the many colorful people he interacts among. The first nine chapters detail why he believes Christians should study the Bible. Chapters ten to seventeen read like a Bible college survey course on how to study the Scriptures. Moody uses many sermon outline analogies, making this text most useful for the preacher in training, especially if the student preacher is giving the Bible a constitutional reading of his Scriptures. By constitutional reading I mean a student of Scripture who renders the interpretation of Scripture as he reads a legal document: analyzing and constructing what each word in the English means and tying the major points of the Bible together. Moody also suggests symbolism and numerology in his studying techniques in Scripture. He leaves his reader with the encouragement to study the Bible in order to do the personal work of leading others to Christ.
The final chapter of this work is a bulleted summary of suggestions in future Bible study.
Dwight L. Moody is a well known name among Christians. This gentle man was born in Massachusetts in 1837. He was one of nine children. At the age of four, his father died. At the age of seventeen, he left home to become a shoe salesman. The following year, Moody was introduced to Christ by his Sunday school teacher and was saved. He continued to sell shoes and was making a comfortable living but felt the call to follow God. Leaving his job, he stepped into full time ministry. Although he was never ordained, he was a powerful evangelist.
How to Study the Bible is one of the Christian classics. Aneko Press has taken on the task of updated the original work which was entitled Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study. The updated version is easy to read and maintains the integrity of the original book.
The reader of this book will find evidence of Dwight L. Moody’s love for God’s Word. Throughout, Mr. Moody emphasizes the importance of understanding, studying, and treasuring God’s magnificent gift to us, the Holy Bible.
Some of the chapters included in the book are as follows:
No true life without the Bible
The Word of God Is True
Don’t Neglect the Old Testament
Take Time and Study
Look and Learn; Read and Remember
Take God at His Word
The author gives so much wisdom in this little book. I loved reading his perspectives and would like to share some of his wisdom and practical advice here through his direct quotes:
1. “The more you love Scriptures, the stronger your faith will be.”
2. “If we feed on the Word of God, it will be easy to speak to others about the Word of God; and not only that, but we will also be growing in grace the entire time, and others will notice the change in our walk and conversation.”
3. “There is no book that will draw people in like the Bible.”
4. “We must study the Bible thoroughly and hunt through it, as it were, for some great truth.”
5. “The quicker you learn to feed yourself, the better.”
6. “The best law for Bible study is the law of perseverance.”
7. “Read the Bible itself; do not spend all your time on commentaries and helps.”
8. “Every child of God ought to be like a soldier and always hold himself in readiness.”
9. “Get ful lof Scripture, and then you can’t help but say it.”
10. Remember, it is the Holy Spirit and not you who does the converting and who gives new life.”
How to Study the Bible is an excellent reference filled with powerful information. This book would be a wonderful addition to the library of old and new Christians alike. After reading How to Study the Bible, a reader would be well equipped to dig into God’s Word and understand it better.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gave me new insight on better ways to study. I would like to thank Aneko Press for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not encouraged to give a positive review, but it is my pleasure to do so.