Of this I am convinced: This side of heaven there is nothing more wonderful we could ever hold in our hands or engage with our minds than God’s Word as given to us in the Bible.
The author describes 25 ways of engaging with Scripture:
Survey the Word, Listen to the Word, Read the Word Silently, Read the Word Aloud (Privately), Read the Word Publicly, Discuss the Word, Hand-copy the Word, Study the Word, Cross-reference the Word, Stress the Word, Highlight the Word, Read the Word Responsively, Paraphrase the Word, Dramatize the Word, Sketch the Word, Read the Word Interpretively, Memorize the Word, Recite the Word Interpretively, Personalize the Word, Sing the Word, Hum the Word, Display the Word, Share the Word, Teach (or Preach) the Word, Do the Word! [more...]
These 5 bookmarks are free to download and contain easy to follow directions for five Scripture Engagement methods:
Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation, Action
Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Prepare, Picture, Ponder, Pray, Practice
The PR3 Method
Pray, Read, Reflect, Respond
Inductive Bible Study
Pray, Observation, Interpretation, Application [more...]
"Our tendency is to “tame” Scripture and make it safe. While we desire to encounter Scripture on its own terms and allow it to speak its liberating word in into our lives, very often we (consciously or unconsciously) work to control it. Because of our fears (real or imagined) we “de-claw” it and domesticate it."
How can we read Scripture in ways that prevent us from encountering God in his Word? This article describes some common pitfalls: hyper-personalism, domestification, reductionism, isolationism, heroism, moralism and dualism. They are best demonstrated when a group practices reading the Scriptures in ways that make these barriers clear AND when they offer fresh readings that demonstrate alternatives. [more...]
Bible Book Club, from the British and Foreign Bible Society, provides ideas and resources for running a book club with friends, where you read through books of the Bible together.
A guide for each book for the Bible is available for download. They give background information including tips, discussion questions and some hints for handling tricky sections.
In the Jump Into the Word blog, Lawson Murray asks how the digital age will influence Bible engagement.
He makes a list of possible effects:
- "the Bible will be read in multiple formats in an ever emerging variety of forms on a growing range of devices
- availability and access to different Bible versions and translations will continue to increase
- greater access to audio Bibles and podcasts may help us become better “hearers” of the Word
- sharing thoughts and insights about the Bible may increase due to social networks like facebook and Linkedin
- interactive software programs/systems, hypertext, blogs, posts and webinars uniquely facilitate biblical study and reflection
- sharing favourite or meaningful verses will increase due to texting and tweeting
- the individual’s opportunity and capacity to understand and interpret the Scriptures will increase
- missions could prosper because nations closed to the Gospel will find it more difficult to restrict the availability of biblical texts
- the Scriptures are readily available in any language or translation to anyone on earth with a smart phone
- Scripture memorization may decline because Google, Bible Gateway, You Version and such make it easy to look up a passage or text
- people will become significantly less likely to buy printed copies of the Bible
- reading Scripture within a contemplative framework may decline
- sequential reading will decline due to the fact that reading on the web develops inclinations to skip around, dip and dabble, browse or scan information
- tendencies to read the Bible in short fast bursts will increase
- concentration and meditation on the Scriptures will suffer because of what Cory Doctorow has called “an ecosystem of interruption technologies” (animations, hyperlinks, live feeds, pop-ups and so on)
- qualitative depth of reading will be sacrificed for reading geared to a quantitative scope
- e-books may augment a predisposition to uncouple content from form which may lead to tendencies to view the Scriptures as something detached from their incarnational form – the textual equivalent of Cartesian dualism
- the role of the local church in the transmission and interpretation of the Scriptures will decline"
So what is Scripture engagement? It is a way of hearing and reading the Bible with an awareness that it is in the Scriptures that we primarily meet God. It is a marinating, mulling over, reflecting, dwelling on, pondering of the Scriptures, resulting in a “transformative engagement” with God.
Here you'll find a set of practical exercises and activities you can undertake to interact more meaningfully with the Bible. Introductory articles include 'What is Scripture Engagement?' and 'An Overview of Scripture Engagement Practices'.
Topics include: Lexio Divina, praying Scripture, memorizing Scripture, singing Scripture, journaling Scripture, hand copying Scripture, Scripture engagement through visual art, storying Scripture, speaking Scripture, manuscript Bible study and public reading of Scripture. Each topic has practice tips as well as links to helpful resources. [more...]
Manual and worksheets for training writers of Bible Guides.
SU International has helped with workshops for writers of Bible guides in Africa (francophone and anglophone), the Americas, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and the Former Soviet Republics. These workshops have given opportunities to develop resources for training, and to test them in different contexts.
This brief manual aims to bring these resources together and make them available on the for Bible ministries staff around the world to make use of and adapt for their own context. [more...]
A new resource for leaders of small groups of young people. Designed to let the Bible speak to young people, and to allow you to train yourself to be a Bible Mentor. For use in school SU groups, primary or secondary, SU holiday group-times, Bible class groups, seeker groups.
"I believe we should re-commit ourselves to relational ministry with open bibles, and I want to invite all who are involved with young people to live by the Book and to open it with young people throughout our Land... I want to offer this simple tool to encourage volunteers and “professionals” alike to spend good quality time mentoring regularly with groups of children and young people, by simply opening the bible, reading it together, and asking one another some good questions.” (Kenny McKie)
Scripture engagement is about meeting God. It is a relational process. When you come to Scriptures, are you meditating on them, letting them be on your heart, talking about them, letting them be planted in your life, looking at them intently, and retaining them?
This 30-day Bible Reading Plan has been prepared for those participating in the FOBAI Annual Meeting: "Next Generation Scripture Engagement - the South Asian Experience".
The plan focuses on what the Bible says about God’s Word and is full of relevant Scripture passages and quotes for SE practitioners around the world.
Day 1: What do we mean when we say the Bible is the Word of God?
Days 2-3: How do we come to the Word of God?
Day 4: What is the Word of God like?
Days 5-7: Qualities of God's Word
Day 8: The Persons of the Trinity are distinguished from
one another in Scripture according to their role in the divine speech
Day 9: In the Bible, Scriptures are spoken of as if they were God and God is spoken of as if he were the Scriptures.
Day 10: The God who speaks.
Day 11: God's Word is about Jesus
Day 12: Where God's Word is, there is God's Spirit
Day 13: Hearing God's Word
Day 14: Speaking God's Word
Day 15: Singing God's Word
Day 16: Memorizing God's Word
Day 17: God's Word is clear... [more...]
For those who would like a plan to read through the Bible but are often discouraged by failing to keep up with 'Read the Bible in a Year' schemes, the 'Bible Reading Plan for Slackers and Shirkers' allows you to read at the pace you choose and varies the Biblical genres each day of the week. Here's how it works:
- Sundays: Poetry
- Mondays: Penteteuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
- Tuesdays: Old Testament history
- Wednesdays: Old Testament history
- Thursdays: Old Testament prophets
- Fridays: New Testament history
- Saturdays: New Testament epistles
The plan is available as a PDF for free download. [more...]