Resources for Spiritual Growth
Scripture: reflective reading
This week, take some time to reflectively read the Scripture story included in this weekend’s message.
As you read, consider the following framework:
We must recognize that as we engage with Scripture there is an opportunity to truly encounter the living God. We do not read these stories simply for information, but for transformation. Spending a few minutes prior to reading in silence and prayer, asking the Holy Spirt to help us understand His word, may be a helpful place to start.
Even if you are familiar with this story, try to read it as if you are hearing it for the first time. Read slowly, and possibly out loud if you feel led. If time allows, read the story multiple times in one sitting.
What stood out to you as you read this story? Was there a certain word, or phrase, that you were drawn to? What was your experience while reading this passage (excited, bored, confused, joyful)? Spend a few minutes reflecting with God about these questions. Using a journal to record your responses may be a helpful tool.
How does this story connect with your life today? Are there any next steps that you feel the Spirit is inviting you to take? Consider Jesus’ words in Luke 22 – “Not my will, but yours be done.