The Bible

Ryan showed this video at the beginning of class:

We talked about how the Bible should be read in its historical context and that it is not a rule book with solid answers, instead, it’s often ambiguous and contradictory. The Bible is not a history book, but a spiritual book meant to teach about who God is. The Bible connects us with God and one another. The Word of God is a living word for today. 

Reading the following texts, how do they fit with your understanding of the Bible?

Isaiah 55:10-11 

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Matthew 24:35 
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Hebrew 4:12
Indeed, the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the person of God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

Spiritual Practice Suggestions

  1. Practice Lectio divina an ancient spiritual practice for listening to a scripture passage. In lectio divina we let go of more intellectual, studious, or effortful ways of reading the scripture and enter a state in which we are quiet and receptive to God’s word for us. We let go of our own words, and let God speak to us. In this practice, the words of scripture become very alive and touch the heart in spontaneous ways that lead us more deeply into relationship with God. Here are instructions for a possible approach to lectio divina. 
    1. Read the passage three times, leaving a few minutes of silence in between each reading. Listen with the ear of the heart. Just listen to become familiar with the reading. 
    2. Listen again and notice if any phrase, sentence or word shimmers for you or stands out to you. You’ll be given a chance to call it out to the group or to repeat it in your own mind. Allow it to touch you deeply. 
    3. Reflect on this word or phrase deeply while you listen to the passage a third time. With receptivity, notice what thoughts, feelings, and reflections arise within you. Let the words resound in your heart. What is your tender heart telling you? What might God be sharing with you or asking of you through this scripture?
  2. Consider attending Bible Study on Tuesdays on Zoom at 7PM. The link is in Monday’s “online email”.
  3. Starting with The Lord’s Prayer, write a prayer from your own heart to God that you might pray each day this week.