We are currently in our series, 20 Ways to Engage with Scripture. In each of the two previous posts we considered 5 different ways for engaging with the Bible.
This week, ideas #11-15!
Ways to Engage with Scripture
#11 Write your thoughts and observations.
The physical act of hand-writing helps with focus and retention. Recording your thoughts and observations helps with processing and provides a record of your journey with God.
Let’s be honest. Some of us find note-taking to be a laborious task. We don’t get even a little excited about the thought of writing out long-hand all that we notice in a passage. The effort required, even the thought of it, is simply too much. Therefore… we don’t take notes at all, and we miss out! If this is you, have you considered drawing your sketching your notes? About a system of symbols for your Bible note-taking?
#13 Create timelines.
Place the events from your passage into a timeline. Of course, if you are a detail person the timeline can be elaborate and involved. Otherwise, it can simply be an outline or chronological list.
#14 Pray Scripture.
“To pray the Scriptures is to order one’s time of prayer around a particular text in the Bible.”
Evan Howard, Praying the Scriptures
- Pray the very words of Scripture.
- Pray in response to Scripture.
- Personalize passages of Scripture as you pray – Substitute your name, claim the promises, ask for help, confess.
#15 Memorize verses and passages.
“Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization.”
Dallas Willard, professor and author
Memorizing Scripture helps us grow to be more like Jesus, guards against sin, and is one of the most effective ways to meditate upon Scripture.
Download the 20 Ways to Engage with Scripture PDF HERE.