Reading the Bible today

Men often have hearing problems.

But once an elderly man was concerned his wife was getting hard of hearing. And so he asked his doctor how he could show his wife she has a hearing problem, in a sensitive and loving way. The doctor’s plan was simple: ‘From a long distance ask her a question. If she doesn’t reply take a step closer, and ask again. Get closer until she finally replies, then make a point that you’ve been asking from far away and it was only from this close that she heard. That will make the point.’

So the man went home and asked his wife: ‘Darling, what’s for dinner tonight?’ When she didn’t reply, he moved closer and asked again: ‘What’s for dinner tonight darling?’ No reply. He moved closer again. ‘Darling, what’s for dinner tonight?’ Still no reply, and so a step closer he asked the same question. No reply. Finally, he stood right beside her, and at last her reply came: ‘For the fifth time, ROAST LAMB!!!’

Poor hearing frustrates us all. Even worse is when we don’t hear God. He speaks through his Word the Bible and so we must listen carefully. Careful listening results in doing what his Word says.

How is your Bible reading going?

Let’s encourage one another today to be a church family devoted to hearing God speak. It’s through his Word that he leads us to our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Here are two Bible reading methods you may find useful:

A 7-minute method…

Pray for 1-minute asking help to hear God’s Word.

Then in 5-minutes read the Bible passage asking:

WHAT does the passage say?

SO WHAT is the meaning of the passage?

NOW WHAT are we to do?

Pray for 1-minute asking help to do the NOW WHAT.

 

The C.O.M.A. method (from One to One Bible Reading, David Helm, Matthias Media, 2011). Read and re-read the passage asking…

Context – what comes before and after my passage, what else comes in the book, where does this passage come in the Bible?

Observation – What do you observe about the main characters, what surprises you, what conflict or crisis is there, what logical connections exist (and, for, because, but), what is repeated?

Meaning – Does the author gives hints to why he is writing, what does this teach about God and salvation in Jesus Christ, are there specific commands or instructions, how would you summarise this passage?

Application – how does this passage challenge or confirm your understanding of who God is and what he is like, is there a behaviour or attitude you need to change, how does this passage lead you to trust in God and his promise of salvation in Jesus Christ?

 

If you are wondering what to read, here are some Bible reading plans and resources: http://www.communicatejesus.com/2011/12/30-resources-to-help-you-read-the-bible-in-2012/

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

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