HOW TO STUDY
METHODS OF PROFITABLE BIBLE STUDY
INTRODUCTION - CHAPTER 1
We shall consider the most effective Methods of Bible Study before we consider the Fundamental Conditions of Profitable Bible study. Many readers of this book will probably be frightened, at first, at the seeming elaborateness and difficulty of some of the methods of study suggested. But they are not as complicated as they appear. Their practicability and fruitfulness have been tested in the classroom, and that not with classes made up altogether of college graduates, but composed manily of persons of very moderate education; in some cases of almost no education.
They do require time and hard work. It must be remembered, however, that the Bible contains gold, and almost anyone is willing to dig for gold, especially if it is certain that he will find it. It is certain that one will find gold in the Bible if he/she digs onto God's Word. As one uses the methods here recommended, he/she will see his ability to do the work rapidly increasing by exercise, until he can soon do more in fifteen minutes than at the outset he could do in an hour.
The first method of the study suggested will be found to be an excellent mental training. When one has pursued this method of study for a time, his powers of observation will have been so quickened, that he will see at a glance what, at first, he only saw upon much study and reflection.
This method of study will also train the logical powers, cultivating habits of order, system, and classification in one's intellectual processes. The power of clear, concise and strong expression will also be developed. No other book affords the opportunity for intellectual development by its study, that is to be found in the Bible. No other book, and no other subject will so abundantly repay close and deep study.
The Bible is much read, but comparatively little studied. We can all be profound students of Scripture. Many an otherwise illiterate person has a marvelous grasp of Bible truth. It was acquired by study. There are persons who have studied little else, who have studied the Scriptures, by the hour, daily, and their consequent wisdom is the astonishment and sometimes the dismay of scholars and theologians.