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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T03 - Read for Breadth, Study for Depth

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T03 - Read for Breadth, Study for Depth

Part 1: Hear His Voice (God's Word)
Read for Breadth, Study for Depth (ch. 2)
What regular rhythms and specific practices of life - daily, weekly, or monthly, or however regular - do you see yourself using to engage yourself with God's word? (putting yourself along the path of God's grace)
Preaching the Gospel to Yourself
What does it mean?
- counter the lies with the truth of the gospel
Negative example:
- God speaks through Samuel to Saul (1 Sam. 15:1-3)
- Saul's response (1 Sam. 15:7-9)
- Saul's view about himself (1 Sam. 15:20-21)
1 Sam. 15:11-3 (ESV), And Samuel said to Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'"
- what Saul should have preached to himself (1 Sam. 15:22-23)
1 Sam. 15:7-9 (ESV), And Saul defeated the Amalekites from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword. 9 But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.
1 Sam. 15:20-21 (ESV), And Saul said to Samuel, "I have obeyed the voice of the LORD. I have gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal."
Regular Bible Reading
How is regular Bible reading essential to preaching the gospel to yourself?
Learning the Art of Reading the Bible
- start reading the Bible for yourself
- it matters what shapes us
- keeps the truth of the gospel fresh
- pausing
- rehearsing
- consciously seeking that truth permeats
our reality
- enlightened eyes of the heart (Eph. 1:17-18)
Eph. 1:17-18 (ESV), that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
- enable us to grasp the relation of the parts to the whole,
summed up in Jesus Christ as an ongoing drama of
redemption. (Vanhoozer,
Pictures at a Theological Exhibition
- the truth that we preach to ourselves needs to be embedded
in the ongoing drama of redemption
God has the primary speaking and acting part, yet he accords his human images the dignity of dramatic participation, inviting us to play our parts and, in so doing, to grow into them even more. (Kevin Vanhoozer)
- find a regular time and place
The habit of daily Bible reading can be a marvelous means of God’s grace (Mathis)
Grow in Finding Jesus
- Jesus’s apostles learned to see him throughout the Scriptures
Difference between Bible reading, Bible study, Bible meditation
- go for breadth (in
; e.g. reading a whole chapter)
- go for depth (in
; e.g., consulting commentaries)
- go for significance (in
; hover over a phrase)
Describe or illustrate how you will avoid the two Bible-reading extremes of
(1) missing Jesus where he is, and
(2) seeing him where he isn’t.
More than Just Raking
Which phrase describes you best?
A. When I study the Bible, I make notes with pen and paper.
B. When I study the Bible, I make notes on my computer.
C. When I study the Bible, I keep reading. I do not like to stop
reading long enough to make notes or write questions.
a) Draw a stick figure to represent yourself.
Add either a shovel (Bible study) or a rake (Bible reading)
to your hand.
b) Explain or illustrate how
you will compensate for
your natural inclination
to either rake or dig.
As we aim to feed ourselves daily from the word of God, we need a diet of both breadth and depth. (Mathis)
Preaching the Gospel to Yourself
Positive example:
- Psalmist preaches to his troubled soul (Ps. 42:11 ESV)
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
- his main argument: Hope in God! — Trust in what God will
be for you in the future.
- believe in God's future grace
- Select 1 of the 3 words and do some free
writing (~ 3 minutes)
- In groups of 2-3 share what you have written (~10
minutes); each group should come up with 1-2
questions to ask in class
Free Writing
(class exercise)
- Please write down 3 words that you
consider important of today's lesson
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