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The Preaching of the Word

“Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2), Paul charged Timothy. The Puritans took this charge seriously. The insistence of the Puritans on the primacy of preaching in the church was rooted in their conviction of the divine inspiration, authority, power, and purity of the Word. Being deeply convinced that God builds...
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The Reading of the Word

The Puritans believed that the Bible should be the Christian’s daily companion. The Scottish, puritan-minded Thomas Boston (1676–1732) said, “The reading of the word is an ordinance of God, and mean[s] of salvation, of God’s own appointment. The Bible is this word, and God has given it to us, and...
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How Do We Become Doers of the Word?

To become a doer of the Word, you must first be born again. Only God can give you a heart of faith and obedience. James writes in James 1:18, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of...
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How to view the Bible

The Bible is unique; there is nothing like it. Sixty-six separate books written by multiple authors over a span of 1,500 years, the Bible is ultimately one book with one Author, God Himself. The Scriptures, therefore, are not what ancient men thought about God or divine matters; they are the...
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Reasons for reading the Bible

So what reason could there be to read the Bible? Well, praise God, there are some very good reasons for reading this long, challenging book. Let me mention just three of them. Read because It Is God’s Word First, we need to understand that the Bible is not irrelevant. In...
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Practical Helps for Reading the Bible

You’re not alone. Let me say first of all: If we are going to be successful in attempting to read the Bible, we must discipline ourselves. Lots of people have had good intentions for reading the Bible but have ultimately given up on it. We need God’s grace if we...
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Practical Helps for Studying the Bible

…Your reading of the Bible will be greatly enhanced if you study the Bible as you read it. But how should you study it? Here are a few helpful hints: Study one book of the Bible at a time Read a good introduction to each book. These introductions provide introductory...
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Why is it so tough to read the Bible?

Here are three big reasons: The Bible is big. In fact, it’s huge! It’s more like a library than a book. It is a library of books: sixty-six of them. That’s a lot of books! Some of you may not even own sixty-six books. The Bible I was using when...
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Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 1

Theology is conceived by hearing God’s Word, and it comes to birth by prayer. “Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths” (Ps. 25:4). Our systematic theology was certainly born of prayer, beginning when God taught us by grace to “call upon the name of the Lord” (Rom....
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