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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T04 - Warm Yourself at the Fire of Meditation

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T04 - Warm Yourself at the Fire of Meditation

vital for our spiritual strength and joy
Part 1: Hear His Voice (God's Word)
Warm Yourself at the Fire of Meditation (ch. 3)
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)
- 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

Christian Meditation
- Col. 3:16
A definition of Christian meditation
Christian meditation is “deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.” (Donald S. Whitney)
Christian meditation
emptying our minds or doing nothing
5 Steps for Meditating on God's Word
(finish the sentence) I think meditation is a lost art because ...
To understand
(Ps. 119:27)
meditation frees us to fix our eyes on Jesus and tune out distractions
Why is this passage important?
What does it say about me?
Meditation Is the Missing Link
Illustrate with a drawing, what it means that meditation is “the missing link” between hearing God’s voice in his word and having his ear in prayer
- no spiritual profit from reading the Scriptures - WHY?
“Begin with reading or hearing. Go on with meditation; end in prayer.” (William Bridge)
“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is, because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” (Thomas Watson)
Col 3:16 (ESV), Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
feeding our minds on the words of God
Meditation in other worldviews
To focus
(Ps. 119:15)
What does it say about God?
How does this reading point to Jesus?
What do I need to know?
meditate to remember all that God has accomplished through the gospel of grace
To remember
(Ps. 143:5)
meditation leads to delight when the Holy Spirit inclines our hearts to see how glorious God is
we’re better able to understand how to apply the Bible when we slow down to meditate
To worship
(Ps. 143:5)
To apply
e.g., Titus 3:3-4 ->
confess, praise, ask for help
Christian meditation
posture of our bodies
posture of our souls
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