“Profiting from the Word of God” — 9 Questions to Ask Ourselves

I posted this on social media at the beginning of the year. But things get buried so quickly there, and I’ve found these questions really helpful to me in examining my own heart and life as I read the Scriptures. This is basically a summary of A. W. Pink’s book Profiting from the Word of God with quotations, paraphrases, and Scripture references:

9 Questions to ask ourselves as we read the Bible to help us benefit from it the way God intends:

  1. “Am I acquiring a greater hatred of sin, and a practical deliverance from its power and pollution?”
    (Psalm 97:10; 119:11; John 14:15; 15:3; James 1:21)
  2. “Am I obtaining a deeper acquaintance with God and His Christ?”
    (Job 13:15; Psalm 27:4; 73:28; John 14:21; Colossians 1:10; Philippians 3:8; James 4:7-8; 2 Peter 3:18)
  3. “Is my prayer-life healthier?”
    (Matthew 21:13; Luke 11:1; Romans 8:26; Hebrews 4:16; James 4:3)
  4. “Are my good works more abundant?”
    (Matthew 5:16; Romans 6:16; Hebrews 10:24; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Titus 2:10; 3:8)
  5. “Is my obedience fuller and gladder?”
    (1 Samuel 15:22; Psalm 40:8; 119:35; Matthew 5:6)
  6. “Am I more separated from the world in my affections and ways?”
    (John 15:19; Romans 12:2; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15ff)
  7. “Am I learning to make a right and profitable use of God’s promises, and so delighting myself in Him that His joy is my daily strength?”
    (2 Corinthians 1:20; 7:1; Hebrews 11:13; 2 Peter 1:4)
  8. Is my gladness in the salvation of Christ and the fellowship of the Spirit growing and sustaining me, while not dispensing with godly sorrow?
    (JOY: Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 33:1; 51:12; Jeremiah 15:16; Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:22; Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. SORROW: Psalm 119:136; John 11:33-36; Romans 7:24; 12:15; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 7:9ff; James 4:8-10.)
  9. Am I cultivating a deeper love for God, the church, and unbelievers, a true spiritual love that is not passive, that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, and that is rooted in the whole example of Christ?
    (Luke 10:27ff; John 13:35; Romans 5:5; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 4:2; 4:15; Hebrews 13:2; 1 John 3:16-20; 5:1-2)

“Unless I can truthfully say that these are (in some measure) my experience, then it is greatly to be feared that my study of the Scriptures is profiting me little or nothing.”

— from A. W. Pink “Profiting from the Word” (Chapter 10: The Scriptures and Love)

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And here it is again, without the verses and boldface, but a little cleaner-looking:

9 Questions to ask ourselves as we read the Bible to help us benefit from it the way God intends:

1. “Am I acquiring a greater hatred of sin, and a practical deliverance from its power and pollution?”
2. “Am I obtaining a deeper acquaintance with God and His Christ?”
3. “Is my prayer-life healthier?”
4. “Are my good works more abundant?”
5. “Is my obedience fuller and gladder?”
6. “Am I more separated from the world in my affections and ways?”
7. “Am I learning to make a right and profitable use of God’s promises, and so delighting myself in Him that His joy is my daily strength?”
8. Is my gladness in the salvation of Christ and the fellowship of the Spirit growing and sustaining me, while not dispensing with godly sorrow?
9. Am I cultivating a deeper love for God, the church, and unbelievers, a true spiritual love that is not passive, that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, and that is rooted in the whole example of Christ?

“Unless I can truthfully say that these are (in some measure) my experience, then it is greatly to be feared that my study of the Scriptures is profiting me little or nothing.”

— from A. W. Pink “Profiting from the Word” (Chapter 10: The Scriptures and Love)

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