Ever notice how the simple approaches to Bible reading or Christian growth can often be the most effective? I think sometimes we make it too complicated - and then we avoid doing it, assuming it too trying or too time-consuming. It doesn't have to be.
Here's how this method works:
- Write out the Scripture.
- Write down 2 or more Observations from the passage.
- Write down 2 or more Applications from the passage.
- Then Pray in response to what you read or learned.
That's it. Take a verse or two from whatever passage you are currently studying and try it. If you're not currently studying anything in the Bible, join me and these girls in the book of 1 John.
Wondering what I took away from my journaling time through the first four verses in 1st John? Here are a couple of "bottom lines" I wrote:
Life is Jesus. Jesus is the Word of Life. If I want life, I want Jesus. And if I want Jesus, I want the Word of God. So if I'm thirsting for life, I'm thirsting for the Word of God. (1 John 1:1-2)
Christ is the Good Life. (1 John 1:1-4)
God has been impressing that last one on my heart - over and over for a couple years now.
What has the Bible been teaching you lately?