You really can’t help anybody else unless you know something. Twenty-one is the restoration of Peter. Whatever you’re study is going to be on, find some good material on that or get some tapes on that and get some outside input. So, we’re creatures of habit. And could you say a little bit about habits and how to build them? There are some Christians who read all kinds of books rather than the Bible. Now, you finish 1 John. One volume. And – because you are an imitator. So, before you approach the Scripture, what’s a good way to start? Why didn’t the Reformers include the Apocrypha or other writings into the Canon of Scripture? We are to be growing. You could say, for example, “I want to know about God’s judgment. QUESTIONER: Okay, just one more thing. Before you study each day, you spend a little time in prayer and confession. Just read it together. It's a great resource to equip Christians young and old, new in the faith as well as old. Find a human pattern that you can follow. JOHN: Well, you know, there are several things. Sin being set aside, you become able to receive the Word of God. And so, I may read 12 commentaries on every verse in that whole section. “Have not I commanded thee?” verse 9 says, “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee wherever you go.”. Like babies grow. Joshua 1:8 and 9, I read you earlier, I said the same thing. Now, that desire may vary; there may be some new Christians who have a very minimal desire, and I think very often the fault of that can be in the church that they’re in, or in the Christian community that they’re in where there’s no emphasis on the Word, and they don’t really understand what that means. And the same thing is true with a Christian. And that’s the other extreme, where you sit there and think about nothing. What does Scripture say? Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. All right, now (b), how do you actually study? The kind of Christian book you read once because it’s the testimony of somebody, and that’s it; you put it away. I would suggest either the New American Standard, the King James, or the New International Version would be the three best. And that was His time when He was here on earth. And you’ll find that in every good thing like that, Satan will want to push you to the limits, you know, so that you become a little rubber duck who quacks the same way everybody else quacks. I don’t know, but find somebody that you can share your information with. And then I’d read another book, and then I didn’t know anything about that one either. One other thing in study and that is find a pattern that you can follow. And the second day, do the same thing. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night.” That’s a happy man. Really all of it is either milk or meat; it depends on how deep you go. And we want to spend just a minute on that. If that’s the case, do you know what you’ve just forfeited? What was the answer? Now, about the tenth day, you’re doing to feel like you got it all licked, “I don’t need to keep doing this; I know this thing.” But you keep doing it, and keep doing it, and the 30th day you’ll realize you really don’t know much at all, because the more you read it, the deeper it becomes. Somebody comes to Christ in another area; they don’t know where to go to church. Now, there may be other things that you learn in life that help you through life, but they don’t have the authority that this does. So, a book like that is helpful. Some of you who come here know that this is how I do interpret the Scripture. I don’t think that the habit performed ritualistically or legalistically is a substitute for what really should be going on. In 1 Peter 3:15 also – I think you have that one down on your list – “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” You need to know some answers. If somebody asks you about the Shepherd, that’s chapter 10. But really, the only thing you can do is maybe send them some books or some other tapes so that they become built up in the faith somewhere and can make a proper judgment of a church. You become victimized. John MacArthur addresses those questions today on Grace to You, as he begins a study … This study will help you understand how God changes you. Scripture for 1.3.2021; Scripture for 1.2.2021 – Happy Sabbath, day of rest! And I think the only thing that we can do to encourage them is to do what we’re trying to do here, to point out the benefits and the blessings of doing this, and the consequences of not doing it. And the way to grow is from the Bible. It’s like a manual. Now, it’ll only take you about 20-25 minutes, because it’s 5 chapters, and it’s not that tough. Isn’t that an exciting thought? Then you go to the Gospel of John. There are many good ones. Could you explain a little bit more about what you mean about a pattern? You know, we are – let’s face it, as rigid as we would like to set ourselves, we’re sinners, and one of the ways we sin is in disobedience. And I use that with my children every day. Scripture for 12.28.2020 – Join us tomorrow on facebook live from 6-7pm pst as we continue reading through the Word! So, I really don’t think you’re dealing with an absolute in that sense. JOHN: There are several good translations for children. With topics ranging from the character of God to church participation, it’s an ideal study for discipling new believers or returning to the basics of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Routine really helps. It’s just – it’s loaded with things. But don’t miss the meditation. You have the same kind of routines that – the youngest of you don’t at this point. I’m very susceptible to simplicity I want you to know. It says in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hidden in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” When a Christian takes the Bible in, it becomes a preventative to sin. You ignorance not only makes you unable to help yourself, but it makes you unable to help anybody else. And he starts out in 16:1; he commends Phebe for being a servant and a fellow helper. “Well, over here they’re showing the latest Christian movie,” and, “Over here they’ve got the greatest Christian ex-convict,” and, “Over here is the...” You know? JOHN: Well, in answer to that, I would say this: you really cannot know what the Holy Spirit is saying to you until you know what the Holy Spirit is saying. And then they get into problems. But once you’ve gotten it all read, you’re going to find out that you already are pretty well able to interpret it, because the Bible is interpreted best by itself. Scripture, he tells us, results from God’s breathing out in speech. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. And then also, is there anything we can do to make a person like this more hungry for the Word? That’s very, very important. Many young believers take these classes to grow in their understanding of biblical truths. Don’t break your pattern on a normal basis. And then down, down, and Mary and Urbanus and all this. QUESTIONER: John, if you know someone who’s a new Christian, and they’re in a – they’re far away from you, and they can’t attend a church in your area, how do you – what advice do you give them on choosing a church and what to look for? The MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV) is published. You know, we basically do the same things all the time. You’ve been reading it for two-and-a-half years. Obviously, he will not forfeit his salvation. But in certain cases, that will vary. You are being benefited by teaching, but you are most benefited when you are being taught and when you are studying on your own. Then in the middle of that I see concepts. By showing them God’s solution to their trouble. But you want to be sure your meditation is correct, that you’re thinking on the proper thing. It’s just history and narrative, and you can get it pretty well by just reading straight through it. Now the pastoral ministry and biblical study of Dr. John MacArthur is available to you in this fully redesigned second edition. So, you want to be sure you submit yourself to a teacher. Just some practical things. And in fact, they become very helpful. Somebody will say to you, “Where does it say if we confess our sins,” you’ll say, “First John 1, right-hand column, halfway down, right in there.” It’ll be in your mind. So, the first 30 days, you’re reading 1 through 7 over and over and over and over and over. I’d read it, and I’d forget what I read the day before. JOHN: Yeah. Or find somebody really kind of offbeat like Ahithophel or something like that. All right, so then once you’ve read it all, then you begin to study it. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. I think maybe there is a day when you will break your pattern because you have to work on your lesson. There’s nothing to say. And I add that this is never a substitute for your own study. It’s a little bit of input. And so, what’s hard about Bible memory is that all the pages look alike. But then if I took off and began to develop the character of God, the character of His love, how His love works, what His love is defined at in the Scripture, the depths of all that that concept means, then that gets deeper, and deeper, and deeper and deeper, and gets into the meat aspect of that same simple truth. And that is a good place to start. And then I would do it from that angle. All right, let’s begin by looking at the first little outline there. There aren’t any conversations that haven’t been held. That’s a happy thing to read Revelation. Now, what does that tell us? That’s it, just read it through, close your Bible, have a little time with the Lord and then leave. Again, we would look at 1 Peter 2, verse 1. So, that’s the preparation. You can’t see Christ anymore, and he ceases to be functioning as a true example. You know, I read it 90 times. There isn’t anything to talk about. So, I realized the only way to learn is repetition. You become a child of God. And I thought, “Now, that’s an interesting commendation for a man.” And I thought – I got to thinking about the idea of commending. And you can’t ever find anything. Right? Guest. And I say, “Well, I mean I come out here every Sunday, and there’s 3,000 people sitting there saying, ‘Say something, MacArthur.’” “What do you expect? Practically, from my viewpoint, the toughest time for me is my vacation, because I tend not have that constant pattern of study. Because He’s not saying anything different to you than He’s saying there. You know how to operate to please God. Then go back and read Colossians. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. And then when he thought of the answers, he couldn’t think of the verses to support them; so, the guy thought he was just giving his opinion. Scripture for 12.30.2020; Scripture for 12.29.2020 – Join us tonight on facebook live from 6-7pm pst as we continue through His Word! - you’re just creatures of habit. The primary thing to do is to study the Word of God. And the Lord says to him, “Look, Joshua, if you’ll meditate in my Word, you can handle the job. You know, I’ve met some very undisciplined, scatter-brained people who study the Bible a lot. Or Joseph. Can we be sure that what we have now is the entire New Testament? Like when you finish John, you can go back and read Philippians. What do you mean by death? There aren’t any opinions that haven’t been expressed a zillion times. And you work out little formulas to remember things, and you got all these little keys and signals in your brain and everything because you have to remember things. Just read it through once, and go back and read it through again, and go back and read it through again through your life. But the facts are maybe he doesn’t get as much out of it as somebody who does it a little more scattered but has a greater intensity of heart. And it’s very important that you find that kind of pattern. And I tend to skip two-three days at a time without studying the Scripture. There’s a man named Gaius, and Gaius is commended as a man who not only knows the truth, but walks in the truth. If you can ever get the habit begun, we are creatures of habit. The apostle Paul says, “I feed you. At the end of two-and-a-half years, you’ve knocked off the whole New Testament. So, here was a man who was a leader in the church, who was usurping the place of Christ, and he wanted the preeminence. And the longer they stay that way, the more tragic they become. And so, the defeating of Satan, the sword of the Spirit, is the knowledge of the Scripture, the knowledge of the principles of the Word of God that become your defense against temptation. You can start out in Genesis. We need somebody who’s human to follow. John MacArthur addresses those questions today on Grace to You, as he begins a study … But to send them the principles so that they know what they’re looking for. You try faithfully to read and study your Bible, yet you still wonder, How can I study the Bible so it really makes a difference in my life? Because it says – and we read it already in the Psalms and in Joshua – “Meditate on these things day and night.” We don’t meditate in our day and age, and that’s an important part of Bible study. That’s why Paul always went around saying, “Follow me, follow me, because I’m following Christ.” You need some – some flesh that you can see the pattern of life. I talked to a guy on his deathbed who told me his life was destroyed as a Christian because he was a celebrity. You know, one of the things that we see so much in Christianity is when somebody gets saved, if they have anything that is marketable, the Christian community will suck them up and make a commodity out of them. They can understand everything in there. Well, there are some areas where there are – there are more of the practical principles more than the ethical or moral things which I do believe we know. Verse 1 says, “Laying aside all evil” – all evil – “and all guile” – that’s deceit – “all hypocrisy” – or phoniness – “all envy, and all evil speaking” – that’s talking about somebody behind their back. And so, we desire that Christians would grow. It’s not here.” You know? All right, (e) then. I mean I know when I go to the South and spend two weeks in the South, I come out “talkin’ like this.” Have you ever noticed you do that? It is necessary also to study Scripture to help others. Be in a Bible class; be in a church service where somebody’s teaching the Word of God. It’s popular as a social reaction to a world where your brain has been just bombarded, and people are sitting in a corner, trying to figure out who they are. Please respond to confirm your registration. We have a whole world of media that Satan has used to so dominate our thinking – you see people going around with little things in their ear. Pretty soon, by repetition, you’ll begin to know where things are, and then you’ll be able to go to those things. By knowing what the Bible says about their problem and how to handle it. While you’re studying, find somebody else that you can share your information with. You may want to study a chapter, and you might want to say, “What’s the key thought of the chapter?” Write that down. But I don’t think that’s a crucial thing. The Greek word translated as “breathed out” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is theopneustos, and Scripture is the only thing So, I decided to start with 1 John, and that’s what I would do. Don’t spend a lot of your money buying popular kind of Christian books. You can study a character, a biography, anything you want. 13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ. And that’s exactly what it does. I’m no scholar. You need to have some kind of instruction, some kind of training. Get home, turn on the tube. When you lay those things before the Lord, and you confess your sin to the Lord, you purify your mind before God. Does that cover –. All those things that we gave you in point number one in their fullest possible capacity. It will give you the direction you need in your life; it’ll show you how I operate. Don’t try to read it repetitiously; it’s not that kind of thing that needs to be done that way. Then I go verse by verse through the passage, and I get commentaries, and I line up about 10 or 11 commentaries and I read everything everybody’s ever written on that passage because I want to know the whole breadth of information about that verse. 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