Two years ago a friend and I decided to lead a #Bible study and we decided we didn’t want to use any curriculum. Just us and our Bibles. We chose 1 Peter and wanted something to help guide our discussion and add some consistency to our meetings. We landed on the Swedish Bible Method, a series of Bible study questions I had learned about years. My co-leaders husband was already using it in his Bible study, and was really enjoying it and learning a lot.
The Swedish Method is a simple way to focus on Scripture either alone or in a group. The questions are appropriate for anyone at any stage in their faith.
At each meeting, we spent a few minutes catching up with each other. Then, after prayer, one of us would read the passage we would be discussing aloud. After that, we spent about 5-7 minutes in. complete. silence. We used this time to each personally reflect on the questions at hand, and record our answers. I expected this to be an uncomfortable time, but it ended up being sooo relaxing and life giving. After a hectic day it was sometimes the sweetest part of the evening, those 5 minutes.
We then began discussing our thoughts on the questions. There are three main questions, each with a symbol. Here they are from Matthias Media:
These questions led to some really interesting conversations. For more information, and for a template of the questions, head on over to The Swedish Method/Matthias Media
This is an interesting perspective on using facebook to enter another’s sorrow…
… those who might never talk in person about their grief will sometimes write about it on a blog or Facebook page. They are more comfortable sharing it that way and perhaps more comfortable receiving expressions of caring that way too.
Not long ago, I asked my pastor about the difference between meditation and prayer, as the two can be hard to distinguish. He replied, “In Scripture, God speaks to us. In prayer, we speak to him. What he says to us prompts what we say to him.”
To meditate, then, is to think deeply about what God has said to us in Scripture and to prepare our minds and hearts for prayer. Scripture fuels meditation, and meditation fuels prayer.
But what exactly does meditation look like? The Psalms give at least five steps for meditating on God’s Word. We meditate to focus, understand, remember, worship, and apply.
I just signed up so I haven’t had a chance to look this over, but I am excited to. It is a free online course on the book of Genesis from Dallas Theological Seminary:
Genesis is taught by Dr. James Allman, DTS professor of Old Testament Studies. We believe that the whole Bible, as Paul says in Timothy, is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”. That’s why we’ve made this course, Genesis, free for the first time.