Spiritual Disciplines: Bible Study & Meditation

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  • Please send me a PowerPoint. I wrote a book on the four inward spiritual disciplines, Transformed: Intimacy with God, and would like to use your material too in my Sunday morning Bible class at the West Broward Church of Christ. Thank you and God bless you. Your brother in Christ, Anthony Fischetto, afischetto@gmail.com
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Spiritual Disciplines: Bible Study & Meditation

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

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