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The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.


Author: A.W. Tozer
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There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its biblical sense, but something else and something less.

There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its biblical sense, but something else and something less.

Reference:  Leadership, v. 12, n. 1.


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[We must determine] what the passage means in its original context… [I am] wary of trying to apply the text to Cleveland before I have discovered Paul’s purpose in addressing the congregation in first-century Corinth.

[We must determine] what the passage means in its original context… [I am] wary of trying to apply the text to Cleveland before I have discovered Paul’s purpose in addressing the congregation in first-century Corinth.

Reference:  Preaching for God’s Glory, Crossway, 1999, p. 30-31. Get this book!


4.
The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.

The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.

Reference:  Leadership, v. 9, n. 2.


Author: D.L. Moody
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“Application” explains or demonstrates how biblical teaching should impact the lives of contemporary listeners. It leads the listeners to imagine how the truth of the text makes a difference to where they live.

“Application” explains or demonstrates how biblical teaching should impact the lives of contemporary listeners. It leads the listeners to imagine how the truth of the text makes a difference to where they live.

Reference:  Taken from Applying the Sermon: How to Balance Biblical Integrity and Cultural Relevance Copyright 2009, p. 21, by Daniel Overdorf, Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.


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I still maintain that much of Scripture is plain and straightforward in its meaning. Our problem continues to be more of a lack of action than comprehension. The words of Scripture must be understood to be applied, but until we apply them, we don’t really understand them.

I still maintain that much of Scripture is plain and straightforward in its meaning. Our problem continues to be more of a lack of action than comprehension. The words of Scripture must be understood to be applied, but until we apply them, we don’t really understand them.

Reference:  Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, 1991, p. 59, Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.  For more information please see the website www.BibicalSpirituality.org. Get this book!


7.
Give yourself wholly to the text, and apply all you learn to yourself.

Give yourself wholly to the text, and apply all you learn to yourself.


Author: J.A. Bengel
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Discipline toward holiness begins then with the Scriptures – with a disciplined plan for regular intake of the Scriptures and a disciplined plan for applying them to our daily lives.

Discipline toward holiness begins then with the Scriptures – with a disciplined plan for regular intake of the Scriptures and a disciplined plan for applying them to our daily lives.

Reference:  Copied from The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, © 1996, p. 97. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved. Get this book!


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Exposition alone is not preaching. A minister who only presents the grammatical and historical meaning of God’s Word may be lecturing or discoursing, but he isn’t preaching. The Word must also be applied. This application is an essential characteristic of Reformed preaching. Without it, vitality is quenched.

Exposition alone is not preaching. A minister who only presents the grammatical and historical meaning of God’s Word may be lecturing or discoursing, but he isn’t preaching. The Word must also be applied. This application is an essential characteristic of Reformed preaching. Without it, vitality is quenched.

Reference:  Feed My Sheep, ed. Don Kistler, Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, 2002, p. 103.


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Exposition alone is not preaching. A minister who only presents the grammatical and historical meaning of God’s Word may be lecturing or discoursing, but he isn’t preaching. The Word must also be applied. This application is an essential characteristic of Reformed preaching. Without it, vitality is quenched.

Exposition alone is not preaching. A minister who only presents the grammatical and historical meaning of God’s Word may be lecturing or discoursing, but he isn’t preaching. The Word must also be applied. This application is an essential characteristic of Reformed preaching. Without it, vitality is quenched.


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Head knowledge is not evil in and of itself.  Most of our Reformed and Puritan forefathers were highly educated. The Reformers never tired of stressing the value of Christian education. But this education must be empowered by the Holy Spirit and applied to the heart.  Head knowledge is insufficient without the Spirit’s application to the inward man.

Head knowledge is not evil in and of itself. Most of our Reformed and Puritan forefathers were highly educated. The Reformers never tired of stressing the value of Christian education. But this education must be empowered by the Holy Spirit and applied to the heart. Head knowledge is insufficient without the Spirit’s application to the inward man.

Reference:  Feed My Sheep, ed. Don Kistler, Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, 2002, p. 110.


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The doctrines of Scripture are facts, which involve corresponding emotions and principles of action, and must, from their very nature, if believed, be operative upon the heart and the life. If the doctrines of Scripture exert no godly influence, carry with them no practical weight, exert no moral power, they are not truly believed.

The doctrines of Scripture are facts, which involve corresponding emotions and principles of action, and must, from their very nature, if believed, be operative upon the heart and the life. If the doctrines of Scripture exert no godly influence, carry with them no practical weight, exert no moral power, they are not truly believed.


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Ask yourselves the solemn question. In proportion as you store your minds with biblical texts and biblical ideas – are you all the while seeking to have your heart filled with biblical feelings, and your life with biblical actions?

Ask yourselves the solemn question. In proportion as you store your minds with biblical texts and biblical ideas – are you all the while seeking to have your heart filled with biblical feelings, and your life with biblical actions?

Reference:  Christian Progress, 1853.


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Unfortunately, discernment is an area where most Christians stumble. They exhibit little ability to measure the things they are taught against the infallible standard of God’s Word, and they unwittingly engage in all kinds of unbiblical decision-making and behavior. In short, they are not armed to take a decidedly biblical stand against the onslaught of unbiblical thinking and attitudes that face them throughout their day.

Unfortunately, discernment is an area where most Christians stumble. They exhibit little ability to measure the things they are taught against the infallible standard of God's Word, and they unwittingly engage in all kinds of unbiblical decision-making and behavior. In short, they are not armed to take a decidedly biblical stand against the onslaught of unbiblical thinking and attitudes that face them throughout their day.

Reference:  What is biblical discernment and why is it important? The article originally appeared (http://www.gty.org/resources/questions/QA138/what-is-biblical-discernment-and-why-is-it-important) at www.gty.org. © 1969-2008. Grace to You. All rights reserved. Used by Permission.


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The Word of God is not to be used as a lottery; nor is it designed to instruct us by shreds and scraps, which, detached from their proper places, have no determinate import; but it is to furnish us with just principles, right apprehensions to regulate our judgments and affections, and thereby to influence and direct our conduct.

The Word of God is not to be used as a lottery; nor is it designed to instruct us by shreds and scraps, which, detached from their proper places, have no determinate import; but it is to furnish us with just principles, right apprehensions to regulate our judgments and affections, and thereby to influence and direct our conduct.

Reference:  Letters of John Newton.


Author: John Newton
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I believe that the Bible is God’s Word. Therefore I must define the ultimate goal of exegesis so as to embrace the heart as well as the head. The Scriptures aim to affect our hearts and change the way we feel about God and his will. The exegete, who believes that this aim is the aim of the living God for our day, cannot be content with merely uncovering what the Scriptures originally meant. He must aim, in his exegesis, to help achieve the ultimate goal of Scripture: its contemporary significance for faith. It is the will of God that his Word crush feelings of arrogance and self-reliance and that it give hope to the poor in spirit.

I believe that the Bible is God’s Word. Therefore I must define the ultimate goal of exegesis so as to embrace the heart as well as the head. The Scriptures aim to affect our hearts and change the way we feel about God and his will. The exegete, who believes that this aim is the aim of the living God for our day, cannot be content with merely uncovering what the Scriptures originally meant. He must aim, in his exegesis, to help achieve the ultimate goal of Scripture: its contemporary significance for faith. It is the will of God that his Word crush feelings of arrogance and self-reliance and that it give hope to the poor in spirit.


Author: John Piper
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Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.

Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.

Reference:  HIS, Oct. 1975, Christianity Today, v. 36, n. 14.


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Doctrine leads to doxology as well as to duty.

Doctrine leads to doxology as well as to duty.  

Reference:  Taken from Every Spiritual Blessing in The Message of Ephesians by John R.W. Stott. Copyright(c) 1979 John R. W. Stott. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515, p. 45. http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=9787.


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We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.

Reference:   The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations, ed. Mark Water, 2000, Baker, p. 119.


Author: John Stott
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We must always, always remember that the theology of the Word of God is not an end in itself but a means to an end, and that end is a radically grace-transformed life.

We must always, always remember that the theology of the Word of God is not an end in itself but a means to an end, and that end is a radically grace-transformed life.

Reference:  Mediocrity by Paul David Tripp taken from Dangerous Calling by Paul David Trip copyright 2012, Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton Illinois 60187, www.crosswaybooks.org, p. 147.


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Doctrine is not an end to itself. After you’ve learned doctrine, there is always a therefore. Doctrine is inherently practical.

Doctrine is not an end to itself. After you've learned doctrine, there is always a therefore. Doctrine is inherently practical.


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Cultivate prompt, exact, unquestioning, joyous obedience to every command that it is evident from its context applies to you. Be on the lookout for new orders from your King. Blessing lies in the direction of obedience to them. God’s commands are but signboards that mark the road to present success and blessedness and to eternal glory.

Cultivate prompt, exact, unquestioning, joyous obedience to every command that it is evident from its context applies to you. Be on the lookout for new orders from your King. Blessing lies in the direction of obedience to them. God’s commands are but signboards that mark the road to present success and blessedness and to eternal glory.

Reference:  How to Succeed in the Christian Life, Revell, 1975, p. 60.


Author: R.A. Torrey
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In almost thirty years as a Christian, and over twenty of those as a pastor, I have never seen one instance in my life of the life of another where disobedience to God’s Word actually was proven to be the right decision.

In almost thirty years as a Christian, and over twenty of those as a pastor, I cannot think of one instance in my life of the life of another where disobedience to God’s Word actually was proven to be the right decision.


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The Word of life may be so distorted from the life of the Word till it becomes the food of death.

The Word of life may be so distorted from the life of the Word till it becomes the food of death.

Reference:  A Puritan Golden Treasury, compiled by I.D.E. Thomas, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 2000, p. 36.


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Doctrine is only the drawing of the bow; application is hitting the mark.

Doctrine is only the drawing of the bow; application is hitting the mark.


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He who has knowledge of God’s will, but does not do it, where does he excel the devil “who transforms himself into an angel of light”?

He who has knowledge of God’s will, but does not do it, where does he excel the devil “who transforms himself into an angel of light”?


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The Bible is not meant merely to inform, but to transform.

The Bible is not meant merely to inform, but to transform.


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The Christian’s life should put his minister’s sermon in print.

The Christian’s life should put his minister’s sermon in print.

Reference:  A Puritan Golden Treasury, compiled by I.D.E. Thomas, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 2000, p. 195.