Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Illinois State Sunday School Convention: Held in Liederkranz Hall, Belleville, Ill;, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 11th, 12th and 13th, 1897 (Classic Reprint) by Illinois State Sunday School Convention (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Illiis State Sunday School Convention: Held in Liederkranz Hall, Belleville, Ill;, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 11th, 12th and 13th, 1897 Let us march against Phillip! Now precisely these are the three stages of devotional Bible study, and such study is t complete until these three stages have been effected. This is the one study of the Bible which calls into use all our powers, First the intellect must perceive the truth, then the affections glow around it, then the will moved by it goes out in earnest result. I am afraid we do t kw very much about devotional Bible study; I am afraid we do t pursue it as much as would be good for us. It takes time to study the Bible devotionally. You may use your intellect for the purpose of obtaining kwledge, and obtain kwledge with a minimum of personal exercise, there are so many helps and so many channels through which information can flow; but to study devotionally we must t only receive information, but our own faculties and powers must needs be used. We sing a hymn, part of which is Take time to be holy. Some of the busiest of us are coming to find that a man in this world amounts to more for himself and everybody else if he takes time to be holy; so if we will take time for the devotional study of the Scriptures it will be time well spent. It would be an exceedingly profitable thing for each one of us to begin a devotional study upon the record of the life of our Lord. If, for instance, we should take in succession the different periods of his life. Take a single event in the life of Jesus, and read until we get the picture clear and vivid before our eyes of Jesus as he was there; of Jesus on the boat teaching, of Jesus in Capernaum. Then, when the picture is clearly apprehended, emotions begin to flow; put faith in Jesus as he is there; let love go out from you to embrace Jesus as he is there. Let Jesus as he is there be glorified in your vision; then resolve yourself into the direction which Jesus there points out to you in which you are to follow after him. Take the Bible School lesson for next Sunday. You are t prepared to teach it when you have all the information that is possible to get about the lesson; there is something else to be done. If you are to amount to anything as a teacher you must have an impulse yourself and a power to give impulses; the work of the Spirit in you which can be imparted to others, t simply on an intellectual apprehension of the truth, but when the intellectual has been warmed and made to glow and made energetic and forceful. When the wood that has been placed in order by the power of the intellect has fire come down upon it, then there is power to be transferred. So when you have studied your lesson to the utmost and have gotten all the truth, then you should take the second step in devotional study, put that truth in a place where the affections will spring up and surround the truth; and then, when the truth has been made to glow and move you powerfully in a consecration, in a service, you have something with which to go before your class. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.