Enjoying the Journey

The wisest man who ever lived said, “There is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). That is because truth is never new – it is eternal. One of the dangers in our world today is the Athenian nature to always “tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21).

While there are good books still being written on studying and interpreting the Scriptures I have found that very often the most trustworthy ones are older books. They are proven. So please forgive me for only recommending in this list men who have been in heaven for awhile, but these have been the most help to me…

How To Master The English Bible by James M. Gray (This classic book has just been reprinted by Crown Christian Publications. It explains the helpful truth of reading large portions of Scripture and finding the great emphases of each book.)

How To Pray and How To Study the Bible by R.A. Torrey (A simple but profound book on the daily disciplines of talking to God and allowing Him to speak to you.)

Knowing the Scriptures by A.T. Pierson (This volume outlines definite principles for interpreting Scripture. I frequently refer to methods learned from this book, such as “the law of first mention, full mention, and final mention.”)

The Unfolding Drama of Redemption by Graham Scroggie (Scroggie provides a chronological look at the Old and New Testaments. It shows how all of the parts of Scripture are woven together into the progressive unveiling of truth.)

Explore the Book by J. Sidlow Baxter (This book was my personal favorite to use as a resource when teaching a survey of each book of Scripture.)

I must repeat that there is no book like the God’s Word. It is not enough to talk about the Bible or even to study books about how to study the Bible. We must get into the Word of God for ourselves and allow it to get into us! Yet I am thankful for those who have faithfully studied Scripture and lead us to do the same.

What is one of the most helpful books you have read on Bible study?


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4 Comments

  1. Ronald Pollard on April 28, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Bro. Pauley, I too have found J. Sidlow Baxter’s, Explore the Book very helpful in surveying the scriptures.

  2. Ronald Pollard on April 28, 2020 at 10:44 am

    My wife and I have been recommending to friends and family to watch on YouTube the messages you preached on Sunday at Capital City Baptist. Reading Jeremiah 32 & 33 over again.

    • Scott Pauley on May 2, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      I appreciate that so much. God’s Word is rich and powerful.

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