This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the Book of Galatians. It was created by The Bible Project, a non-profit creating animated videos that explain the narrative of the Bible.
George Whitefield was once the most famous man in America. Whitefield (1714-1770) was an evangelist and Calvinist preacher during America’s Great Awakening, and it is estimated that during his lifetime he preached to over 10 million people, often to outdoor crowds of up to 25,000 at once.
By all accounts, George Whitefield’s remarkable ministry was marked by his devotion to Jesus Christ and to the truth of Scripture. Clearly, we can learn much about studying Scripture from a man who preached over 18,000 times.
Whitefield continually feasting on the Word of God. He said, “I began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees… . This proved meat indeed and drink indeed to my soul. I daily received fresh light and power from above.”
Do you regularly feast on the Word of God?
Here are George Whitefield’s 7 Tips for Reading the Bible:
1. Always Look for Jesus
Have always in view the end for which the Scriptures were written, even to show us the way of salvation, by Jesus Christ.
“Search the Scriptures,” says our blessed Lord, “for they are they that testify of me.” Look, therefore, always for Christ in the scripture. He is the treasure hid in the field, both of the Old and New Testament. In the Old, you will find him under
In the Old, you will find him under prophesies, types, sacrifices, and shadows. In the New, manifested in the flesh, to become a propitiation for our sins as a Priest, and as a Prophet to reveal the whole will of his heavenly Father.
Have Christ, then, always in view when you are reading the word of God, and this will guide you to the Messiah, will serve as a key to every thing that is obscure, and unlock to you the wisdom and riches of all the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
Living for Christ in a fallen world is hard.
Search the whole of Scripture for metaphors and analogies comparing the Christian life to something easy like a picnic or a leisurely stroll around the lake and you’ll come up empty-handed.
What you will find, however, are comparisons to fighting (1 Timothy 6:12), to warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20), and to running (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
The book of Hebrews was written to formerly Jewish new believers and was encouraging them to press on by faith in the Christian life, even as it became difficult. To drive this message home, the writer compares the Christian life to running a race, and he tells them how they can run this race with endurance:
In Hebrews 12:1 we read:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
This is such a great metaphor. Running a race is an active process, not a passive one. It’s challenging. There’s a reason that the Christian life isn’t compared to a summer picnic or a quick stroll around the block.
A race is hard. And when you’re in it the race becomes your chief occupation as all other concerns fade to the background.
The same is true of the Christian life. We are to live in a determined pursuit of Christ; we cannot live as though passive, half-hearted devotion will get us closer to our goal of being more like Him. It is an active process, requiring the best of us. Living for Christ must be our chief occupation, set as the ultimate priority of our lives.
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