07 February 2009

Read the Bible

Your weekly dose of Spurgeon
posted by Phil Johnson

The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive. The following excerpt is from "The Bible Tried and Proved," originally preached on Sunday morning, May 5th, 1889, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London.

e greatly need readers for the Bible. I grieve that even to some who bear the Christian name, Holy Scripture is the least read book in their library. One said of a preacher, the other day, "How does he keep up the congregation? Does he always give the people something new?"

"Yes," said the other, "he gives them the gospel; and in these days, that is the newest thing out."

It is truly so; the old, old gospel is always new. The modern doctrine is only new in name; it is, after all, nothing but a hash of stale heresies and mouldy speculations.
C. H. Spurgeon


Dr. Paul W. Foltz said...

The Bible is alive and powerful.
It is God's will for us. It is our compass and map to the Father's house. It lights our pathway, warns us of danger, advises us in the right direction.

Dr. Paul Foltz

DJP said...

The modern doctrine is only new in name; it is, after all, nothing but a hash of stale heresies and mouldy speculations.

Isn't that the truth? I particularly think of an honest Emerg*** studying some church history, his jaw dropping at the realization.

donsands said...

Some great words from the prince of preachers.

He who has ears, let him listen, and let the Word sink deep down into your ears.

And take heed to how you hear, for those who hear more will be given, but those who don't, even what they think they have will be taken.

I really want to learn how to listen like the Lord told us. May He grant His whole Church ears to listen from the truth being taught and preached from our pulpits, (as few as they may be), and then apply what they hear, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Susan said...

Rick Holland at Grace Church preached on Proverbs 1:7 this morning. He defined the fear of the LORD, described it with Scriptural examples, and ended that first section with the statement that we need to read the Bible more, which was the perfect transition into the second half of that verse: "[F]ools despise wisdom and instruction." And as Rick described the characteristics of a fool (and boy, did he go on), I just kept thinking how many of those characteristics I had and still have. It was certainly a rude awakening but a much needed one....

(My word verification? MENES. Reminds me of Daniel 6:25-26. We are indeed closer to the end than we were before. May the Word dwell richly in our hearts and knock some sense into our heads.)

Solameanie said...

That line about stale heresies has to be the best line of the week.

Jon said...

Speaking of Bible reading... I just stumbled on this program by Grant Horner. I'm really liking it so far, especially since you can read more if you'd like and if you miss that one day of reading (*GASP*) it doesn't throw you into an infinitely deep crater with no hope of getting out.

Check it out!

Grant Horner's Bible Reading System

Johnny T. Helms said...

I just began my own version of read-through-the-Bible and I fell in love with His word all over again. I've been doing this for almost 35 years.

It is difficult,however, not to stop and think about that last verse you read, isn't it? Kinda slows one down ... but it's a good way to slow down.

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