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For this weeks Free Resource Friday we highlight To The Work, by D.L. Moody to read within The Bible Study App.
In To the Work, D. L. Moody states, “It is far better to get a hundred men to work than to do the work oneself.” That is the goal of this classic book; to encourage believers in the work of the kingdom in order to see movement in the church. Moody draws from the Bible and his own personal observations in order to instill a sense of enthusiasm and urgency in his readers.
You can download this eBook for free by looking it up in the in-app store of The Bible Study App or go HERE for download instructions!
Dwight Lyman Moody was a highly acclaimed late 19th century evangelist. He founded the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and the Bible Institute of Colportage Association, now Moody Press. He survived the turbulence of the Civil War and the Great Chicago Fire. He and his wife, Emma, had two children. For a short bio of his life go HERE.
Also check out our Bearded Theologian contest happening this month!
We are blessed to live in a time where sharing information is easier than ever and through technology we can access amazing resources that can help guide us in our understanding of God’s word. Here are three types of resources that can help to guide, unpack, and illuminate your personal Bible Study.
Have you’ve ever read a difficult passage and wished you knew a little bit more about the context or the culture? Study Bible’s offer ‘bite sized’ commentary on specific verses in the Bible and often include insight into custom, culture, history, geography, original language and more. A study Bible can be written by one individual or a group of scholars. When selecting a Study Bible it’s important to note that while some content is neutral (such as history or geography) there is also a theological interpretation being employed by the author or authors. Overall study Bible’s make an easy to use quick reference tool for understanding tough passages and in the Bible Study App they can be used with any version of the Bible.
Similar to study Bibles, commentaries offer great background and understanding on the Biblical text but often go much deeper than a study Bible. Bible commentaries range greatly in their content and approach. Some commentaries may be one volume on the entire Bible and others may be an expansive set that have a volume for each book of the Bible. When selecting a commentary it’s important to understand the approach that the writer of the commentary has employed. Some commentaries jump deeply into critical language investigation or historical context while others may focus more on how to understand and apply the Biblical text to everyday life. In The Bible Study App commentaries follow along with the Bible passage you’re reading and are easily accessed in the Resource Guide.
What does that word mean in the Greek? Where else is it used in the Bible? Bible dictionaries allow you to answer these questions and more. With a good Bible dictionary you can see what the original Greek and Hebrew words are behind the English (or other language) translation and how else that word is translated in other places in the Bible. For deeper word study and explanation a Bible dictionary is a must have study resource to help you go deeper in your understanding. Bible dictionaries can be used as a standalone resource or simply tap a word and use the ‘lookup’ feature in The Bible Study App.
What are your favorite Bible Study tools? Share in the comments.
Olive Tree has some top Bible study tools on special this week. Go here to see more!
For this Free Resource Friday we highlight The Bible – Its Sufficiency and Supremacy by C.H. Mackintosh. This eBook firmly and succinctly proclaims the sufficiency and the supremacy of the Bible. It details how the Bible stands, as ever, the Word of God across time and space. In this ebook, Mackintosh writes, “We believe that the Bible, as written in the original Hebrew and Greek languages, is the very word of the only wise and the only true God, with whom one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, who saw the end from the beginning, and not only the end, but every stage of the way.”
C.H. Mackintosh was an Irish preacher and author who was active in the Irish Revival of 1859-1860. He edited the magazine Things New and Old for forty years. He titled his very first tract “The Peace of God,” and his very last tract “The God of Peace.”
Charles Finney was a descendant of the New England Puritans, and was born in Warren, Connecticut. Finney was the youngest of fifteen children. The son of farmers, Finney never attended college, but his six-foot three-inch stature, piercing eyes, musical skill and leadership abilities gained him recognition in his community. He studied as an apprentice to become a lawyer, but after a dramatic conversion experience and baptism into the Holy Spirit in Adams, New York, he gave up legal practice to preach the gospel. At age 29 Finney studied to become a licensed minister in the Presbyterian Church.
Many are inclined to regard Finney as the greatest evangelist and theologian since the days of the apostles. It is estimated that during the year 1857-58 over a hundred thousand persons were led to Christ as the direct or indirect result of Finney’s labors, while five hundred thousand persons professed conversion to Christ in the great revival which began in his meetings.
Involved in the abolitionist movement, Finney frequently denounced slavery from the pulpit. Finney was president of Oberlin College for 15 years. Oberlin became active early in the movement to end slavery and was among the first American colleges to co-educate blacks and women with white men.
For more on the life and teachings of Charles Finney check out Power, Passion, and Prayer.
You can also download a free collection of Charles Finney’s sermons on Gospel Themes for The Bible Study App HERE.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1894) converted to Christianity at the age of fifteen. By the time he was twenty-two, he was the most popular preacher of his time. He frequently spoke to crowds numbering over 10,000 in the days before sound systems or other electronic amplification.
Well known for his eloquent but familiar style, Charles Haddon Spurgeon won a large following in 19th Century Britain and his popularity among Christians of all denominations continues to this day. After his preaching began at age nineteen he quickly became very well-known throughout England and delivered nearly thirty-six hundred sermons. A prolific writer, many of Spurgeon’s works remain in print to this day.
Sometimes called the “prince of preachers” because of the richness of his utterance in interpreting the word of God, he ministered to thousands in London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle for decades. His popular daily devotional Morning and Evening has been a source of spiritual supply to countless believers. Always taking his subject directly from the Bible and always focusing on Christ’s glory and preeminence, Spurgeon puts himself aside and ushers his readers directly into the Lord’s presence to enjoy the comfort and encouragement only He can provide.
Not everything he said and did was widely accepted. Spurgeon was also ridiculed and criticized by preachers from across the Christian spectrum. But whether dealing with this criticism, suffering from gout, caring for his invalid wife, battling depression, or carrying a burden of personal tragedy, Spurgeon refused to cave to the overwhelming adversity in his life.
The Spurgeon Sermon collection is also on special this week only. Get it here.