When the Bible is made our guide and counselor, it exerts an ennobling influence upon the mind. Its study, more than anything else, will refine, elevate, and enlarge the mind of the devout student, endowing it with new impulses and fresh vigor. Let the Bible be received by us as Bible workers as the food of the soul, and it will prove the best and most effectual means of purifying and strengthening the intellect.
I find people everywhere ready to hear and receive the Bible, but they do not know how to study it. One of the most important subjects we give them in a series of meetings is, "How to Study the Bible to Understand It." This subject is made very definite and plain to them. The interested ones appreciate the study and have a greater desire to understand the Bible. In visiting them in their homes we instruct them and teach them by marking the passages as we study. Their minds are strengthened, and they become more efficient as they make contact with its far-reaching truths. Thus we see them growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Meditation and prayer also will elevate and refine their minds and help to establish them.
When we leave to go to another field, we like to see them well grounded in the Scriptures, and the Bible must be made the foundation for all study. Only by such earnest and persevering study can knowledge be gained, and all new converts should be deeply impressed with this truth.
We are in the midst of a series of meetings now, and those attending are becoming very much interested in Bible study. When they are desirous of learning and studying for themselves, they are becoming established. I like to give them helps, such as the Sabbath School Quarterly and the Morning Watch Calendar, besides little books, tracts, and papers. In my visits with them I like to review the subjects they hear in the meetings. I let them read the texts for themselves, and have them mark them. Thus they become established, and are enabled to help others.
In a recent effort all the new converts took a very active part in the Sabbath school work and Bible study. We must never forget that the most essential element is the knowledge of the Bible.
Belle Glade, Fla.