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Why Bother with Bible Study?

January 16, 2019

“There’s so much else going on,” he said to me, “so many important issues and problems, I mean, really, why even bother with Bible Study?”

It was the beginning of an interesting conversation.

At some point I referenced some great lines by our old friend John Wesley. It’s my pleasure to actually quote them for you here, from the Preface to his book of Standard Sermons.

They speak for themselves —

I am a creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air.

I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God: just hovering over the great gulf; till, a few moments hence, I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity!

I want to know one thing the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore.

God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came from heaven.

He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book!

At any price, give me the book of God!

I have it: here is knowledge enough for me.

— I was wrong; I said that Mr. Wesley’s words “speak for themselves” when in fact they speak for me as well. 

You, too?

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