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BIBLE STUDY:  HINDERANCES (1)

Victor M. Eskew

INTRODUCTION

A.               G. Campbell Morgan referred to Bible study as ďthe one supreme necessity.Ē  He took this thought from the story involving one of Jesusí stays in the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42).

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village:  and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesusí feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?  Bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  but one thing is needful:  and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

1.               Only one thing was needful.

2.               Mary had chosen it, the ďgood part.Ē

3.               She was sitting at Jesusí feet, hearing His words.

B.               Not only is Bible study needful, it is also commanded (II Tim. 2:15).

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

C.              Bible study is also profitable.  It brings:

1.               Salvation (Ps. 19:7; Rom. 1:16).

2.               Proper conduct (Titus 2:11-12).

3.               Protection (Ps. 119:11, 104).

4.               Hope (Ps. 119:43, 49, 74).

D.              Even knowing that Bible study is needful, commanded, and profitable, we still find very few diligent students of the Scriptures within congregations of the Lordís people.

1.               Bible study and worship periods

2.               Daily Bible reading

3.               Hit and miss study

E.               Why is there such a lack of study?  What is it that is hindering our growth in the knowledge of Godís Word?

I.          LACK OF DESIRE

A.               Desire is the key to all endeavors.

1.               Desire involves our wants, cravings, and longings.

2.               Knowing that we should study will not necessarily drive us to study.  Wanting it and craving it will cause us to increase our knowledge.

B.               Desire is something that we must create within ourselves.

1.               At first, this desire may be forced.  We may not want to study, but we force ourselves.

2.               As we grow and understand more of Godís Word, the desire becomes stronger and more natural.

C.              I Peter 2:2

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.

II.         TOO BUSY

A.               TheU.S. population is a busy group of people.  After work, education, children, and a little R&R, there is not much time for anything else.

B.               TVs, cell phones, computers, video games, and MP3 players seem to fill all of our ďspareĒ time.

C.              We, like Martha, are cumbered about much serving.  We question where we are going to fit in an hour per day for Bible study.

D.              We must make sacrifices in order to get the time.

1.               An hour less sleep

2.               An hour less television

3.               Cancel one of the activities of the kids

4.               Give up one of your many hobbies

E.               The reality is that Bible study really involves nothing more than our choice. 

1.               Mary had a choice:  help Martha?  Or, sit at Jesusí feet?

2.               We, too, have choices.  Our choices need to be tempered by the Word of God.

a.         Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

                                    b.         Colossians 3:1-2

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

III.        PRACTICING MORAL OR PRACTICAL ATHEISM

A.               In this type of atheism, one still believes in God.  He also believes in the Bible as Godís Word.  The individual believes that it is good to study the Bible.

B.               However, this person has the attitude of ďI will do as I pleaseĒ with regard to divine things.

1.               God tells them to do something.

2.               They could care less.  Thus, they do as they please.

3.               It is as if God does not exist to them.

4.               All of their beliefs are vitiated by heedlessness.

C.              Hebrews 2:1

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

D.              Two Biblical examples:

1.               King Saul (I Sam. 15).

a.         Saul was given a specific command to annihilate all the Amalekites (I Sam. 15:3).

b.         Instead of giving heed to the Lordís command, he spared Agag, the king, and the best of the flocks and herds (I Sam. 15:8-9).

c.         Godís will was ignored.  Listen, however, to Saulís first response to the prophet Samuel (I Sam. 15:13).

And Samuel came to Saul:  and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord:  I have performed the commandment of the Lord.

                                    d.         NOTE:  Godís condemnation rested upon this self-deceived king.

                        2.         The scribes and Pharisees of Jesusí day.

a.         The fifth of the Ten Commandments states:  Honor thy father and thy mother (Exo. 20:12).

b.         The Pharisees and scribes devised ways to circumvent this command of God through their traditions.

c.         Jesus confronted their tradition and noted that it made the command of God of none effect and caused them to transgress Godís will (Matt. 15:3-6).

But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother:  and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; and honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free.  Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

E.               We look upon Saul and the Jewish leaders with contempt.  How could they?  But our actions often resemble theirs.  Bible study is a command of God.  ďNo thank you,Ē is often our reply.

CONCLUSION

A.               This Book is the most important Book on earth.  It is the most powerful Book on earth.

B.               This Book can save us now, and it will judge us in the last day.

C.              What is hindering you from making a study of this book you life-long endeavor as a disciple of Christ?


 

BIBLE STUDY:  HINDERANCES (1)

Victor M. Eskew

INTRODUCTION

A.         G. Campbell Morgan referred to Bible study as ďthe one supreme necessity.Ē  He took this thought from the story of one of Jesusí stays in the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42).

            B.         Not only is Bible study needful, it is also commanded (II Tim. 2:15).

C.         Bible study is also profitable.  It brings:  1) Salvation (Ps. 19:7; Rom. 1:16); 2) Proper conduct (Titus 2:11-12); 3) Protection (Ps. 119:11, 104); and 4) Hope (Ps. 119:43, 49, 74).

D.         Even knowing that Bible study is needful, commanded, and profitable, we still find very few students of the Scriptures.

E.         Why is there such a lack of study?  What is it that is hindering our growth in the knowledge of Godís Word?

I.          LACK OF DESIRE

            A.         Desire is the key to all endeavors.

1.                Desire involves our wants, cravings, and longings.

2.                Knowing that we should study will not necessarily drive us to study.  Wanting it and craving it will cause us to increase our knowledge.

B.         Desire is something that we must create within ourselves.

1.                At first, this desire may be forced.  We may not want to study, but we force ourselves.

2.                As we understand more of Godís Word, the desire becomes stronger and more natural.

C.         I Peter 2:2

II.         TOO BUSY

A.         The U.S. population is a busy group of people.  After work, education, children, and a little R&R, there is not much time for anything else.

            B.         TVs, cell phones, computers, video games, and MP3 players seem to fill all of our ďspareĒ time.

C.         We, like Martha, are cumbered about much serving.  We question where we are going to fit in an hour per day for Bible study.

D.         We must make sacrifices in order to get the time:  less sleep, less TV, cancel activities, give up a hobby.

            E.         The reality is that Bible study really involves nothing more than our choice. 

                        1.         Mary had a choice:  help Martha?  Or, sit at Jesusí feet?

2.         We, too, have choices.  Our choices need to be tempered by the Word of God (Matt. 6:33; Col. 3:1-2).

III.         PRACTICING MORAL OR PRACTICAL ATHEISM

A.         In this type of atheism, one still believes in God.  He also believes in the Bible as Godís Word.  The individual believes that it is good to study the Bible.

            B.         However, this person has the attitude of ďI will do as I pleaseĒ with regard to divine things.

                        1.         God tells them to do something.  They could care less.  Thus, they do as they please.

                        2.         It is as if God does not exist to them.  All of their beliefs are vitiated by heedlessness.

            C.         Hebrews 2:1

D.               Two Biblical examples:

1.                King Saul (I Sam. 15).

a.         Saul was given a specific command to annihilate all the Amalekites (I Sam. 15:3).

b.         Instead of giving heed to the Lordís command, he spared Agag, the king, and the best of the flocks and herds (I Sam. 15:8-9).

c.         Godís will was ignored, but listen to Saulís  response to Samuel (I Sam. 15:13).

                                    d.         NOTE:  Godís condemnation rested upon this self-deceived king.

                        2.         The scribes and Pharisees of Jesusí day.

a.         The fifth of the Ten Commandments states:  Honor thy father and thy mother (Exo. 20:12).

b.         The Jewish leaders devised ways to circumvent this command of God.

c.         Jesus confronted their tradition and noted that it made the command of God of none effect and caused them to transgress Godís will (Matt. 15:3-6).

E.               We look upon Saul and the Jewish leaders with contempt.  How could they?  But our actions often resemble theirs.  Bible study is a command of God.  ďNo thank you,Ē is often our reply.

CONCLUSION

A.               This Book is the most important Book on earth.  It is the most powerful Book on earth.

B.               This Book can save us now, and it will judge us in the last day.

C.               What is hindering you from making a study of this book you life-long endeavor as a disciple of Christ?

BIBLE STUDY:  HINDERANCES (1)

Victor M. Eskew

INTRODUCTION

A.         G. Campbell Morgan referred to Bible study as ďthe one supreme _____________.Ē  He took this thought from the story of one of Jesusí stays in the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42).

            B.         Not only is Bible study needful, it is also ___________________ (II Tim. 2:15).

C.         Bible study is also profitable.  It brings:  1) __________ (Ps. 19:7; Rom. 1:16); 2) Proper _______ (Titus 2:11-12); 3) ___________ (Ps. 119:11, 104); and 4) ____________ (Ps. 119:43, 49, 74).

D.         Even knowing that Bible study is needful, commanded, and profitable, we still find very few students of the Scriptures.

E.         Why is there such a lack of study?  What is it that is hindering our growth in the knowledge of Godís Word?

I.          LACK OF _________________

            A.         Desire is the _________ to all endeavors.

                        1.         Desire involves our _______________, cravings, and longings.

2.         Knowing that we should study will not necessarily drive us to study.  Wanting it and craving it will cause us to increase our knowledge.

B.         Desire is something that we must ______________ within ourselves.

1.                At first, this desire may be forced.  We may not want to study, but we force ourselves.

2.                As we understand more of Godís Word, the desire becomes stronger and more natural.

C.         I Peter 2:______

II.         TOO _____________

A.         The U.S. population is a busy group of people.  After work, education, children, and a little R&R, there is not much time for anything else.

            B.         TVs, cell phones, computers, video games, and MP3 players seem to fill all of our ďspareĒ time.

C.         We, like Martha, are cumbered about much serving.  We question where we are going to ______  ______ an hour per day for Bible study.

D.         We must make _____________ in order to get the time:  less sleep, less TV, cancel activities, give up a hobby.

            E.         The reality is that Bible study really involves nothing more than our ______________. 

                        1.         Mary had a choice:  help Martha?  Or, sit at Jesusí feet?

2.         We, too, have choices.  Our choices need to be tempered by the ____________ of ________ (Matt. 6:33; Col. 3:1-2).

III.         PRACTICING MORAL OR PRACTICAL __________________

A.         In this type of atheism, one still believes in God.  He also believes in the Bible as Godís Word.  The individual believes that it is good to study the Bible.

            B.         However, this person has the attitude of ďI will do as _____ pleaseĒ with regard to divine things.

                        1.         God tells them to do something.  They could care less.  Thus, they do as they please.

                        2.         It is ___ ___ God does not exist to them.  All of their beliefs are vitiated by heedlessness.

            C.         Hebrews __________:1

            E.         Two Biblical examples:

                        1.         King _____________ (I Sam. 15).

a.         Saul was given a specific command to annihilate all the Amalekites (I Sam. 15:3).

b.         Instead of giving heed to the Lordís command, he spared Agag, the king, and the best of the flocks and herds (I Sam. 15:8-9).

c.         Godís will was ignored, but listen to Saulís response to Samuel (I Sam. 15:13).

                                    d.         NOTE:  Godís condemnation rested upon this ___________-deceived king.

                        2.         The scribes and Pharisees of Jesusí day.

a.         The fifth of the Ten Commandments states:  Honor thy father and thy mother (Exo. 20:12).

b.         The Jewish leaders devised ways to _______________ this command of God.

c.         Jesus confronted their tradition and noted that it made the command of God of _________ effect and caused them to transgress Godís will (Matt. 15:3-6).

3.         We look upon Saul and the Jewish leaders with contempt.  How could they?  But our actions often resemble theirs.  Bible study is a command of God.  ďNo thank you,Ē is often our reply.

CONCLUSION

            A.         This Book is the most ___________ Book on earth.  It is the most ____________ Book on earth.

            B.         This Book can ___________ us now, and it will ____________ us in the last day.

C.         What is hindering you from making a study of this book you life-long endeavor as a disciple of Christ?