engaging in scripture
Getting into a good rhythm with reading Scripture can be difficult. This exercise is one of many ways to engage in Scripture. This exercise is not the “be all, end all,” but it does provide helpful guidance to equip you to get more out of what you read. Ultimately, it is important to recognize that reading Scripture requires the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. A couple of quick tips before you engage: (1) read Scripture in the way that is most helpful to you, whether it is on an app, a physical bible, or read audibly; (2) it may be helpful to have a journal nearby for notes or insights; (3) take your time and try not to rush through the exercise…read slowly, pause, reflect.
1. Spend a few minutes in the quiet prior to reading the passage, centering yourself on the truth that “all Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16) and inviting the Holy Spirit to illuminate Scripture to you.
2. Read the passage. As you read the passage, ask the Holy Spirit if there is a word or phrase that stands out in the text. Why does that word or phrase stand out? Take time to pause and reflect.
3. Read the passage a second time. This time, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what this passage says about who God is—His character, His attributes, His actions. What does this passage teach you about God? Take time to pause and reflect.
4. Read the passage a third time. This time, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what this passage says about yourself or humanity. What connects to you personally or how is this passage applicable to a larger audience? Take time to pause and reflect.
5. Read the passage a fourth time. This time, ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you to action. What can you do in response to this passage? Take time to pause and reflect.
6. Finally, who is someone with whom can you share the insight you learned? Reach out to them intentionally and share what the Holy Spirit showed you through the passage today.