Over the last few months I have had hundreds of you request a post on “How to Study The Bible.” Well, here it is. I pray this post blesses you, challenges you, and inspires you to take the initiative to deepen your relationship with God.
Below is the formula I use when studying and journaling through the scriptures. This doesn’t mean it’s the only way to study, but I do believe this formula is a great way to strengthen your foundation in Christ.
3. Audience (who is the text directed to?)
1. How does it affect me?
2. How does it make me feel?
3. In what ways do I share a similar experience?
1. What did I learn?
2. How can it be applied to my life?
3. What is God trying to tell me through this text?
The internet is something we all use and enjoy, but are we using it too much, or not enough at all?
I hear so many people rebel against social websites because they claim, “It distracts them from God” or, “It’s just too worldly.” I know this might sound odd, but I want people to start re-thinking their decisions.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I understand their reasoning to boycott these cultural habits, but shouldn’t their reasoning to leave give them an even bigger reason to stay?
We as Christians continuously talk about being a light to the world, an example of Christ, and a reflection of His Hope. So, if the internet is something you claim distracts people from God, then how about you be the difference and make it a place that attracts people to GOD.
Let’s be a generation that TAKES BACK the internet and social media for the Good of Christ, using them to share His LOVE and HOPE.
Use your social networks for Gospel good works. We are called to tweet, post, pin, tumbl and digg all in the name of Christ.
1. Be consistent. (Keep your posts fresh, and up to date. Don’t let your platform get dry. You never know who you’re reaching.)
2. Be honest. (Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will call your bluff. Honesty is the greatest of leaders!)
3. Be creative. (Think outside the box.You never know until you try! Pictures and videos are a great way to increase engagement.)
4. Give God The Glory. (If you’re not glorifying him, you’re glorifying yourself.)
Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
How are you using your social networks to share the love of Christ? Leave your comments below.
- Jarrid Wilson
Within the last few days, a theme of “Brokenness” has taken point over my times of study and devotion. Whether it be my own brokenness, or the brokenness I see in others, Jesus provides a beautiful antidote for anyone going through a tough time.
At one point we have all have felt:
5) Worn out
And if you have NEVER felt one of these, I’d love to hear your God-given secret to perfection.
The reality is that all of us are broken, but don’t confuse brokenness with uselessness. Just because you are broken does not mean God can’t use you. In fact, 99% of the people Jesus used for His ministry were broken, addicted, weak, and dirty. Dig into the depths of scripture and see for yourself.
Don’t let Satan confuse your brokenness for uselessness.
Through the power of Jesus Christ:
1) You are useable.
2) You are beautiful.
3) You are able.
4) You are capable.
God uses broken people to bring HOPE to a broken world.
Romans 8:11 – The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
We are the army of the broken, finding restoration and power through the hope of Jesus Christ.
Over the last few weeks I’ve begun studying a passage of scripture that has really transformed the way I live my everyday life. I believe so much in the power of this text, that I wish to share it to all of you, in hopes that it will help you in your walk with the Lord.
I want to open up and just admit to you how crazy life has been for me over the last few months. And when I say crazy, I don’t mean bad. I just mean crazy.
There have just been an incredible amount changes in my life that all seem to be happening at once. And regardless of what I do to try slow things down, and re-think where I am headed, I feel like God is simply saying “Just trust me.”
So guess what? That’s exactly what I am doing, and I pray that this post will help you to do the same.
Hebrews 12:2 says this, “fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
And the part I want you to focus on is, “fix your eyes on Jesus.”
For some reason those five words stood highlighted to my gazing eyes. I am not sure if I had read this text before, but I am almost positive that this is the first time I’ve actually understood its power. As I read it I felt this warm sensation fall over my body, as if God was telling me, “See! I told you.” And He was right. He was definitely right.
I guess I’ve realized the answer to any problem, hardship, or ailment in my life. Wanna know what it is?
Ok, get ready… FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS.
Yup, that’s it. Some of you might think that’s silly, but others of you just read those five words and felt the same spiritual sensation I did. Why? Because you got honest with yourself and realized how powerfully true that statement is.
So many of us are trying to do things on our own, when all God want’s is for us to do things with Him. We think we aren’t ready for the things ahead, but we forget that we are the ones who asked for them. We are the ones who prayed for them. And we are the ones who God has been molding to take on the tasks He has put before us.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I know you personally, or know exactly what you’re going through. But what I am saying is this… FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS and you will not be strayed wrong.
Fix your eyes on Jesus. He will never steer you wrong.