Spiritual Disciplines: Bible Study & Meditation

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These are the PowerPoint slides I am using to teach "Spiritual Disciplines" on Sunday mornings at Brown Trail.

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  • 1.
  • 2.
    • Too many Christians maintain only superficial relationships with God, Scripture, and each other.
    • 3. This leads to frustration at best; apostasy at worst.
    • Two categories of spiritual disciplines:
    • 4. Disciplines of Abstinence
    • 5. Disciplines of Activity
    • Disciplines of Abstinence:
    • 6. Fasting
    • 7. Solitude
    • 8. Chastity (1 Cor. 7:5)
    • 9. Frugality
  • “Discipline without direction is drudgery.”
    Donald S. WhitneySpiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p. 15
  • 15. The goal of spiritual disciplines is to be a “disciplined” person; that is, a “disciple.”
  • 16. Put other ways:
    • Romans 8:29 – conformed
    • 17. Galatians 4:19 – Christ formed
    • 18. Hebrews 12:14 – holiness
    • 19. 1 Peter 1:15-16 – be holy
    • 20. 2 Corinthians 7:1 – holiness
  • So how do we get there?
    “…exercise yourself rather to godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things…”
    1 Timothy 4:7-8
  • 21. Remember: There is a difference between “trying” and “training.”
    To train, “You must arrange your life around certain practices that will enable you to do what you cannot do now by willpower alone.”
    John Ortberg
  • 22. This class will explore some of the spiritual disciplines and offer practical “how to” suggestions for incorporating them into your own life.
  • 23. BIBLE STUDY
    2009 Barna Group study:
    • 12% of Americans would like to increase their Bible knowledge
    • 24. 1% would like to increase their Bible reading
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Hearing
    • Luke 11:28
    • 25. Romans 10:17
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Reading
    2008 Pew Research study:
    • 35% of American adults read Scripture weekly
    • 26. 45% seldom or never read it
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Reading
    • “Have you not read...?” (Matt. 19:4; 22:31)
    • 27. Rev. 1:3; 1 Tim. 4:13
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Reading
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Ezra 7:10; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 4:13
    • 31. Suggestions:
    • 32. Utilize Bible study books
    • 33. padfield.com
    • 34. executableoutlines.com
    • 35. Gospel Advocate
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Secure standard resources:
  • CONCORDANCE
  • 36. TOPICAL BIBLE
  • 37. BIBLE SURVEYS
  • 38. BIBLE DICTIONARY
  • 39. LANGUAGE TOOLS
  • 40. HERMENEUTICS TOOLS
  • 41. COMMENTARIES
  • 42. BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE
  • 43. BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE
    Logos
  • 44. BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE
    e-sword.net
  • 45. BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Remember how serious it is.
    • 46. Remember that the Bible was meant to be understood.
    • 47. Remember that the Bible is intended to affect your conduct.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Distinguish between the different types of literature in the Bible.
    • 48. Respect the immediate and remote context.
    • 49. Remember “the sum” of God’s word is truth (Psa. 119:160).
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Make time for study.
    • 50. Minimize distractions.
    • 51. Sit at a table/desk with Bible, note-taking material, and resources.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Read a verse, sentence, or paragraph.
    • 52. Ask relevant questions: who is speaking? To whom? What is being spoken about? Key words?
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Are there other verses that might help?
    • 53. Write down initial insights: lessons, things not understood, etc.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Put the passage into your own words.
    • 54. Look for application areas:
    • 55. A sin to confess?
    • 56. A promise to claim?
    • 57. An attitude to change?
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Look for application areas:
    • 58. A command to obey?
    • 59. An example to follow?
    • 60. Praise to be given?
    • 61. Evil to avoid?
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Stages of Bible study: Studying
    • Look for application areas:
    • 62. Truth to embrace?
    • 63. Blessing for which to be grateful?
    • 64. Pray the text.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Application: Psalm 1
    • Kind of Literature: Poetry
    • 65. Who is speaking? Unknown
    • 66. Who is addressed? Jews under OT
    • 67. What is the subject?
    • 68. Characteristics of blessed (1-3)
    • 69. Characteristics of ungodly (4-5)
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Application: Psalm 1
    • What does writer say about topic?
    • 70. Blessed man doesn’t live like the ungodly.
    • 71. Blessed man enjoys word of God & thinks about it often.
    • 72. Blessed man will reap benefits.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Application: Psalm 1
    • Ungodly are not like the blessed.
    • 73. Ungodly will be separated from the blessed.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Application: Psalm 1
    • Key words: blessed, scornful, meditates, chaff
    • 74. Lessons that come to mind:
    • 75. God wants me to be happy.
    • 76. God has told me how to be happy.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Application: Psalm 1
    • There are things I should avoid.
    • 77. I should develop a love for the word of God.
    • 78. I should spend time each day studying & meditating on God and His word.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Application: Psalm 1
    • There are great benefits to living a godly life: spiritual health, bearing fruit, endurance.
  • BIBLE STUDY
    Application: Psalm 1
    • Knowing what will happen to the ungodly, I don’t want to be among their number.
    • 79. If I’m a righteous person, I can know that God knows me.
  • MEDITATION
    Definition: “Deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.”
    Donald S. Whitney
  • 80. MEDITATION
    Psalm 1:2 – on the law of God
    Psalm 119:15 – on God’s precepts
    Psalm 119:148 – on God’s promises
    Psalm 143:5 – on God’s works
    Psalm 145:5 – on God’s majesty
    Philippians 4:8 – on true, noble…
  • 81. MEDITATION
    Blessings of Meditation:
    • Success (Joshua 1:8)
    • 82. Passion/zeal (Psalm 39:3)
    • 83. Wisdom (Psalm 119:98-99)