Finding ways to establish a system of study and seeking to refine that along the way will help boost our exegetical efficiency and result in improvement in our expository preaching.
The best Bible study, note-taking system I have come across ultimately comes from Jonathan Edwards, but I was exposed to it through a Presbyterian pastor and preacher, Dr. Matthew Everhard, on his YouTube channel. There he instructs us on this updated system which he learned from his scholarly study of the Puritan preacher, Jonathan Edwards and it is known as the Miscellanies.
I am personally personally engaged on my own Miscellanies Project as I use it to focus on key verses from Bibliology, Christology, Soteriology, etc. In addition to this, I am using it to focus on key passages in Hebrews, and all of Jude, 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Titus. It's time consuming but well worth doing it several days every week. I have also required my students to adopt their own Miscellanies so as to expose them to this method and enrich their study of God's Word.
Following Dr. Everhard's example, this can be done very miscellanies-like (meaning: mixed; various with your own choice of passages). Or, one can be more methodical like focusing on a theme like all verses related to the importance of the cross & the atonement or justification by faith or sanctification.
Anyway this is the most awesome system I’ve come across! Have fun and make a plan!
Blessings! Pastor Robert
It is an interesting phenomenon when you think about it that a man who was such a prolific reader and writer, like Charles H. Spurgeon, would be such a great preacher and Bible teacher.
He didn't go to seminary, but he helped launch the Pastor's College through men in his congregation and sponsored it heavily through his constant teaching there. I have heard that a huge round wooden table was in his study and there were 10+ books stationed around it with bookmarks and a note pad.
Spurgeon would read, take notes and move on and he or a secretary would come by later and gather those notes to get them in the right location for future use. He's not the only one I've heard this about...Jonathan Edwards had a similar desk and it is on display somewhere as well as a replica of it as well...google search and you can see it.
Someday I'll have one of those in my study. In the meantime and I just try to keep training my mind to be Bible saturated...and I still have trouble remembering more than 3 things on a list to buy at the grocery store for my wife. Spurgeon must have been a genius with a photographic memory (a rare and gifted combo!).
I hope you enjoy this part 2 of 5 Minutes of Church History, Spurgeon! Click on the quote below to listen to the podcast or on the link.
Blessings! Pastor Robert
I don't know but I have this restlessness within me that seems to only be satisfied when I'm reading and studying and discovering things related to God's Word and His people as well. It's not all I do, but it is what I tend to do lately.
This category takes into account the influence of men who are considered giants of the faith. So, it is somewhat biographical, though also oriented towards historical theology, which is very important to us.
I hope it is for you a place to come and be inspired by the men of God who continue to speak for God by way of their sermons, books, pamphlets and even videos related to all of that.
Here I offer you a link to one of Charles Spurgeon's greatest sermons all packaged up in a nice outline form to help us. Because of the way their website works the initial link doesn't give it to you as a sermon, so you must scroll down and find it and then click again. You'll then have it.
Spurgeon loved the Word of God and proclaimed its truth diligently and resolutely! A huge percentage of the titles of his sermons had Jesus' name in it too!
I know this first post is a bit long, but don't be scared off by it...come back to this FB group again for more encouragement and inspiration from other giants of the faith!
Click on the above link or on the quote below to go to this website on Spurgeon and his sermons. Click on any of the categories in the sidebar to see those which are according to the numerous mentoring aspects of this ministry website.
Blessings! Pastor Robert
This was originally posted on my FB group known as "On Giants of the Faith" in December 2019. I created that page out of the many things I was learning on my own personal development and research. I wanted to pass it on to others. Now there are 189 members. But who knows how long I will keep Facebook going as a platform, so I am also transitioning those over to my blog. One can go to the sidebar and below click on the categories to find those which are from that specific mentoring group.
One of the things I love most lately is to learn more about the men of God who have impacted the church and the world through their preaching, writing and teaching. This website is new to me this year and it is a big help. Not only does it have a 5 minute only audio, but there's a transcript of the audio to read along.
Here is a part 1 of an interview of Steven Lawson who has written a small biography of Spurgeon as well. I invite you to click on the link above or the Spurgeon quote below to go and listen to it.
Blessings! Pastor Rob
Robert Thomas Clark, M.Div.
This is the ministry blog of Robert Thomas Clark, It is designed to be a repository of inspiring, impactful & influential posts on biblical truth, themes and concepts, which brings insights and initiates inquisitiveness!.