March 13, 2022 ShenUMC 9am Worship Service

Sunday Worship Services:

Sanctuary & online - 9AM and 10:45 AM

Mar. 13, 2022

The Walk

"Study”

Psalm 119:103-105; John 14:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

1.  Introduction:

     a.  Worship and Prayer

     b.  Study

     c.  Serve

     d.  Give

     e.  Share

     f.  The Five Practices From The Cross

“I love your Instruction! I think about it constantly.”  Psalm 119:97

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.   Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalm 119:103-105

2.  General (Indirect) Revelation:

     a.  It is called ‘general’ or ‘indirect’ because it is available to everyone.

     b.  When God is revealed through nature, we are reminded of God's greatness and glory.

     c.  Jesus used many metaphors from nature: mustard seeds, wheat, weeds, sheep, fig trees and yeast, all figure in parables describing the Kingdom of God.

     d.  We can learn a lot about God through the life experiences of other people, if we are only willing to listen.

3.  Special (Direct) Revelation:

     a.  It is called ‘direct’ because it is revelation directly to an individual or sometimes a group.

     b.  We are grateful that Jesus promised that "the Holy Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”  (John 14:26)

     c.  It's most instructive to see how Jesus read Scripture. He not only read it, but he also memorized it, prayed it, and lived it.

     d.  One way to read Scripture is by Lectio Divina, Latin for divine reading. This slow and meditative method allows you to focus on a word, idea or phrase that speaks to you.

          i.  Read—What word or phrase speaks to you? 

          ii.  Meditate—What does your word or phrase means to you? 

          iii.  Pray—How is God calling you to act in response to this passage? 

          iv.  Contemplate—Silently reflect.

4.  Jesus (Divine Revelation):

     a.  Christians believe Jesus is the Incarnation or the Word made flesh.

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:14)

     b.  When God wanted to speak to humans so that we would come to understand who He is, God did not send a book, God sent a person.

     c.  To more fully understand the Scriptures, we aren't meant to be lone rangers, but we grow from sharing in community, most often in a small group.

5.  Conclusion:

     a.  Find a way to read the Bible that fits with your learning style. 

     b.  Over the remaining weeks of Lent, choose one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) to read the entire way through.

     c.  Write your favorite passage of Scripture—Pick one day this week and read it at the beginning of every hour, and by the end of the day you will hopefully be able to recite it.