WELCOME TO STUDY THE WORD
These pages contain a Bible programme in which the verses have been divided into groups based on themes. Naturally, not all the verses of the Bible are included; only those which are used often. There are most quotes from the letters of the New Testament, approximately 98% of the verses. There are not as many quotes from the others books of the Bible. Furthermore, some verses can appear in many places.
The main purpose is study the Word and learn it better. We often only have a superficial understanding of the whole issue and we know it poorly. Paul wrote: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col 3:16) and “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17), so it is important that this area is also at the rights. In addition to prayer, it is one of the pillars of our spiritual life, so it is worthwhile to pay attention to it. It is good for us to try to pray more and more (Ask, and it shall be given you (...) yet you have not, because you ask not), but also so that we would learn the Word of Christ, even though our motivation may be slight. This Bible programme has been created just for that purpose.
Let’s study a quote that is connected with D.L. Moody, a great man of God, who lived in the 19th century. He was a man of prayer but he learned that the Word is the seed that gives birth to faith. He got to learn it from Henry Moorehouse when he preached the Word by bringing out its riches:
Moody… As we look deeper at his innermost and follow the beating of his spiritual life, we can see that he, before all, was a humble and devoted prayer.
(...) In order to become an useful instrument of God, Moody also needed a special Bible awakening.
In 1867 he had been on a campaign tour for a few days. After coming home to Chicago, he went to the church on a Sunday morning so that he could hear the guest, from England, speaking.
This guest, the preacher Henry Moorehouse, had come to the city as Moody was elsewhere, and had spoken to the audience first time on Thursday evening.
(...) On Sunday evening, there was a meeting in the church again. Moorehouse spoke again about the same subject and carried away the hearers.
- My heart started to melt, tells Moody, - and I was not able to hold my tears.
For the whole week, Moorehouse spoke about the same text every evening by still drawing riches like from an unfailing, effervescent, fresh source. On the last evening, he finished his speech with the following words:
- If I were to die tomorrow night and go to heaven and meet the angel Gabriel, who stands in front of the face of God, and ask him how much God has loved the sinners, I think that he would answer: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
After all the meetings Moorehouse said to Moody:
- Hear, Moody, you are sailing astray!
- What do I have to do? How should the Bible be studied so that its sources would be opened to me in its all riches?
- If you change your course and preach to people the Word of God instead of your own thoughts, you can become a powerful instrument of God.
He also gave Moody direct pieces of advice and instructions which Moody humbly received. It was a new turn in his life again. He became an eager Bible student. And now, his preaching was based wholly on the Word of the Bible and got whole new content.
- I used to preach, he told about this turning point of his life, - that God stands behind a sinner with a double-edged sword in His hand, ready to cut the sinner down. I no longer speak in that way. Now I preach that God stands behind a sinner, loving and having mercy, and it is the sinner, who wants to run away this God of love. (Yrjö Karilas: Sytyttävän sanoman mies, p. 51, 82-84)