Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Iconoclast, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Iconoclast

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    Often we see those post who speak against Books of men.Not here!

    Paul—His Cloak and His Books
    Charles Spurgeon

    The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. ~ 2 Timothy 4:13

    A man who comes up into the pulpit, professes to take his text on the spot, and talks any quantity of nonsense, is the idol of many. If he will speak without premeditation, or pretend to do so, and never produce what they call a dish of dead men’s brains—that is the preacher. How rebuked are they by the apostle! He is inspired, and yet he wants books. He has been preaching for at least thirty years, and yet he wants books! He had seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He had had a wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books! He had been caught up into the third heaven, and had heard things which it was unlawful for a man to utter, yet he wants books!

    The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every preacher, ‘Give attendance to reading.’ The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritan writers, and expositions of the Bible. We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service. Paul cries, ‘Bring the books’; join in the cry.

    For meditation: What Christian books are in your library? God’s Word must come first (2 Timothy 3:16–17), but every Christian will benefit from having at least a concordance, commentaries, Bible dictionary, a Christian theology and a church history. Remember that, unlike the inspired writers of Scripture, all authors make mistakes (James 3:1–2). If you borrow books from others, don’t forget that there are biblical principles relating to borrowing (Exodus 22:14; 2 Kings 6:5; Psalm 37:21).
  2. Earth Wind and Fire

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    Amen & well done :applause:
  3. psalms109:31

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    "The Bible, and the Bible alone, is the religion of Protestants. I am the successor of the great and venerated Dr. Gill, whose theology is almost universally received among the stronger Calvinistic churches; but although I venerate his memory, and believe his teachings, yet he is not my Rabbi."

    C.H. Spurgeon

    John 14:12
    Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

    We should never settle but continue to do more than our for-father, mature in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is so much more to learn and we should never settle to stay were we are at, but go further than them.

    We have a standard a banner to continue to look at to give us strength Jesus Christ. We should know every word that comes from the mouth of God to use as standard for the truth. God word through Jesus is Spirit, truth, and it is also life.

    Galatians 6

    Doing Good to All

    6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

    7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
    #3 psalms109:31, Apr 8, 2013
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