Theme of the week: Get More out of the Bible
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Key Bible Verse: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.(2 Timothy 3:16, NIV) Dig Deeper: Joshua 1:8; Matthew 4:4; Romans 15:4
Here are some key questions you might ask yourself as you study a passage of Scripture:
- What is the main subject of the passage?
- Who are the people discussed or mentioned in the passage?
- Who is speaking?
- About whom is the passage speaking?
- What is the key verse?
- What does it teach me about Jesus?
As you read, ask how the text might apply to your daily life:
- Is there a sin mentioned that I need to confess or forsake?
- Is there a command given that I should obey?
- Is there a promise made that I can look to in my current circumstances?
As you read, stop and think about what God may be showing you. It’s good to chew your spiritual food. That’s what it means to mediate on Scripture. We are better off reading five verses slowly and understanding what they mean rather than reading five chapters quickly and not getting anything out of them. Learn to slow down. Learn to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through each passage you read.
—Greg Laurie in Let God Change Your Life
My Response: The next time I study my Bible, I will ask some of the questions given in today’s reading.
Thought to Apply: Discipline toward holiness begins with the Scriptures—with a disciplined plan for regular intake of the Scriptures and a disciplined plan for applying them to our daily lives—Jerry Bridges (leader in discipleship ministry)
Adapted from Let God Change Your Life (David C. Cook, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher.
Prayer for the Week
Lord, may I strive to not only read your Word regularly, but to also study it carefully and apply it more consistently.
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