Worship & Study Series: Transformed by the Bible.
We all would like to learn how to read the Bible in a way that opens our hearts to the transforming power of God. During the weeks of Lent, we will learn how to read the Bible spiritually – to learn how to listen to the voice of God in scripture.
A spiritual reading of the Bible opens fresh perspectives: we open our eyes to the blessing of God, we open our hearts to our need for God, and we discover new ways to live the life God would have for us.
Sunday and Wednesday
Each Sunday we will introduce the prayer practice and use it as a guide to preach the Gospel for the day. On Wednesday, we will try it out, engaging a Bible passage for ourselves. We will experience how a Spiritual reading of the Bible can be transformative.
Not Just for Lent, but for Life
Our hope is that you will learn ways of listening to the voice of God in the Bible so that you can take what you learn in Lent for the rest of life. Learning these practices will prepare us for The Community Bible Experience, when we read through the Bible during the summer and fall. Reading the Bible can be a life transforming experience. It’s not just for Lent — it’s for Life.
What are ways to read the Bible?
We will practice three different ways of listening to God in scripture and discover their power for our faith journey.
Practice #1: PRAY the Scripture.
Martin Luther taught his barber a simple way to pray the scripture. It is a four-step approach signified by the letters P-R-A-Y. Praise. Repent. Ask. Yield.
Practice #2: Lectio Divina: Divine Reading of Scripture.
There are a number of approaches. This approach works well at home with family members or in a small group with others. What in the passage catches my attention? What does it touch my life? What does God want me to do?
Practice #3: Reading with All Your Senses: The Ignatian Method Saint Ignatius for whom this method is named was a contemporary of Martin Luther. We will learn how to read a passage with all our senses, to put our self in the midst of the story, to be an active participant, and then to ask—What would Jesus say to me?