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Torrey, R.A. – Profitable Bible Study

Torrey work, Profitable Bible Study, is 8 simple principles of making your Bible study profitable.

Profitable Bible Study
by
R. A. Torrey

(1856-1928)

There are many profitable methods of Bible Study. There is something, however, in Bible study more important than the best methods, that is, the fundamental conditions of profitable study. He who meets these conditions will get more out of the Bible, while pursuing the poorest method, than will he who does not meet them, while pursuing the best method. Many a one who is eagerly asking, “What method shall I pursue in my Bible study?” needs something that goes far deeper than a new and better method.

Torrey work, Profitable Bible Study, is 8 simple principles of making your Bible study profitable.

Table of Contents of Profitable Bible Study

1. The first of the fundamental conditions of the most profitable Bible study is that the student must be born again.

2. The second condition of the most profitable study is a love for the Bible.

3. The third condition is willingness to do hard work.

4. The fourth condition is a will wholly surrendered to God.

5. The fifth condition is very closely related to the fourth. The student of the Bible who would get the greatest profit out of his studies must be obedient to its teachings as soon as he sees them.

6. The sixth condition is a childlike mind.

7. The seventh condition of studying the Bible to the greatest profit is that we study it as the Word of God.

(1) First, it involves the unquestioning acceptance of its teachings when definitely ascertained, even when they may appear unreasonable or impossible.

(2) Studying the Bible as the Word of God involves, in the second place, absolute reliance on all its promises in all their length and breadth.

(3) Studying the Bible as the Word of God involves, in the third place, obedience–prompt, exact obedience, without asking any questions to its every precept.

(4) Studying the Bible as the Word of God involves, in the fourth place, studying it in God’s presence.

8. The eighth and last condition of the most profitable Bible study is prayerfulness.

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