Reading the Bible is one of the most important disciplines we can engage in. Why is Bible study so significant? How can our attitude and approach affect what we get out of our reading? What does it mean to “meditate” on Scripture? How can meditating on God’s Word change us?
The way we approach the Bible affects our interaction with God. Learning to immerse ourselves in God’s thoughts through study and meditation allows us to go deeper into God’s Word and live in a more Christlike way.
Spiritual disciplines are a time-tested means of connecting us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover the disciplines in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. This series is designed to help us live in God’s presence by incorporating these spiritual practices into our lives.
“Jan Johnson opens a path on which anyone can actually and continuously grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
– Dallas Willard, author of Hearing God and The Divine Conspiracy
“For fifty-three years I have taught a required course at Dallas Theological Seminary on the principles of inductive Bible study. I recommend these studies because they are well devised and most provocative guides for first-hand Bible study.
– Howard Hendricks, Distinguished Professor
Chairman, Center for Christian Leadership
How Does This Study Work?
These Bible studies examine teaching on how you can connect with God through study of God’s Word and meditating on it (the often-overlooked second step). Besides studying about it, you will actually study and meditate on verses of Scripture. Each session includes several other elements as well.
A Question for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection presents discussion (for groups) or reflection questions and exercises to draw you into the topic of the session. hand.
10-11 Questions draw you (or your group) into a study of a related passage of Scripture with questions that connect it to life and invite you to reflect on what God is saying. A Leader’s Guide is printed in the back, providing more helps for leaders and study notes for specific questions.
Final Question offers you an opportunity to interact with God about what was studied.
Now or Later offers transformation exercises to experiment with in order to experience the spiritual exercise studied. Perhaps you’ll read the exercise and think it’s too elementary or too difficult for you. Adapt it as needed. Or maybe you think you can guess what you’ll experience, so you don’t have to do it. The point is to experience it. Go ahead and try it!
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