7 Tips for Hearing God's Word w/ Maximum Benefit
Is there anything God uses more in our lives than grace-enabled, Spirit-empowered believing meditation on Scripture? To fuel this most important of all disciplines, we must first put the Word of God into our craniums. I can think of four ways to do that: read, hear, study and memorize. By the way, our Lord regularly participated in all four, as any godly Israelite of His day would have. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me!
In this post we consider 7 tips on hearing God’s Word with maximum benefit. Several of these will apply to the entire worship service each week, not just the climax of expository preaching.
7 Tips for Effective Bible Reading
You know how to read but do you really? Reading God’s Word should be a daily activity of God’s people, especially since we have access and really no good excuses not to. We read not to check off the box on our plan, but for the purpose of believing meditation on what we have read.
To help us toward that end, I offer you seven tips for impactful Bible reading.
Have you noticed how close the word ‘disciple’ is to ‘discipline’? A disciple is a learner, a follower, a person who pursues the disciplines taught by his master. In every arena of life, you have masters and you have disciples. Our Master is Jesus Christ and from His life and His words we learn the disciplines of those who follow Him closely.
Jake’s family didn’t go to church and didn’t own a Bible. They have five TV’s though. Out of nowhere his friend Thomas invited him to a summer youth camp in CO. It sounded fun so he went. Some stranger paid for it. It slipped Jake’s mind to try to thank him.