Discipline of Study
Between Community Group sessions we will always lean back into the discipline of STUDY of God’s word. Can’t wait to grow with each of you every day in theFormed.life.
A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will. | Luke 23:22-35 (ESV)
How would you explain to a non-Christian something that you read from the Bible this week?
Journaling is a helpful discipline to reflect and clarify your own processing of God’s Word. Go back to the passage from Sunday, and take 10 minutes today to process how God’s Word has become flesh in you.
Prayer tills the soil of the soul to receive the word of God. Take time today resting, delighting and listening to God in prayer. Take 10 minutes today to pray for God to speak afresh through His word, and that you would have “ears to hear and eyes to see” His truth and direction.
As you prepare to gather with the church to hear God’s Word today, or reflect upon an earlier gathering, take a moment to pray this verse from “Speak O Lord” on behalf of your church family and yourself.
Take time to reread the scripture passage from Sunday. Review your sermon notes. What is God bringing back to mind from His Word? As we enter holy week, slowly approaching the cross and resurrection of Jesus, listen in as Gabe adds one more nuance we wish we could have shared on Sunday.
It is good for our souls to walk in Jesus’s footsteps this week. It is good for our church to share this week. It is good for our city when we live into its impact.
The discipline of study involves carving time out of our “do more” culture to dig deep into the meaning of truth. One of the best places to study what God’s timeless word is speaking to us is to hear how a Christian leader in another time or culture is processing the truth of God’s word.
Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”
Take five minutes to reflect upon the fact that Jesus died on a cross.
As we enter Good Friday, we gather and reflect upon the crucifixion of King Jesus. Take time to journal what you heard, saw, read, and felt.