3 Transformational Ways to Read Scripture

This past weekend in my message, “The Messiah’s Call,” I emphasized the importance of regular, transformational reading of Scripture. If we are going to truly hear Jesus’ call toward discipleship, we need to put ourselves regularly before the Scripture, asking God to speak into our lives.

For some of us, this is an easy practice to develop. We have experience with reading the Bible and we may have figured out what works well for us. For others, this may seem overwhelming or hard to figure out. Because of that, let me suggest four ways we can read Scripture for transformation. Each of these approaches to reading Scripture are things I have written about previously, so I hope you don’t mind if I refer you to other blog posts about them.

First, let me encourage us to consider slowing down to read Scripture meditatively through the ancient practice of lectio divina, or divine reading. These three posts will help you familiarize yourself with this practice:

Second, if you have never read through the Bible in a year, let me encourage that practice. There are many Bible reading plans that you can access, such as Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s plan or the One Year Bible reading guide. Several years ago, I invited our entire church to read the Bible in a year and I have an introductory letter about that: “Guidance for Reading through the Bible in a Year”.

Third, while reading the entire Scripture through methodically can be powerful, I have found that a helpful balance to that is slowing down to memorize passages of Scripture for ongoing meditation and prayer during the day. Read this post for guidance on Scripture memory: “Tips and Tools for Memorizing Scripture.”

What have been some of the ways you have most transformationally engaged with reading Scripture?

Through the Bible in 2011

This last weekend, I challenged folks at Eastbrook Church to read through the entire Bible in 2011 if they had not done so before or if they would like to get back into the Scriptures each day.

If you would like join me and others at Eastbrook in reading the Bible through this coming year, drop me an email (see below).

I am going to utilize the daily calendar from One Year Bible. You can utilize this as a print-out to stick in your Bible, visit the web-page daily to access the readings (www.oneyearbibleonline.com), or access the mobile version of the site through your smart-phone (http://mobile.oneyearbibleonline.com).

Each day will have 4 readings: Old Testament, New Testament, Psalm, and Proverb. When you read each day, I’d ask you to do three things:

  1. ask God to speak to you through the readings,
  2. ask God to speak to others who are reading the Scripture daily,
  3. quietly talk with God about what you read

Beginning January 1, I will be posting a devotional thought on one of the daily readings at least once per week here on my blog if you’d like to visit and comment.

I will also send out an email twice per month to everyone who has signed up to see how the reading is going, to encourage you to keep going, and to ask if you would share something that God is teaching you through the Bible. (For security reasons, I will keep your email blind copied so that others will not be able to access your email address.)

Again, if you would like join me and others at Eastbrook in reading the Bible through this coming year, drop me an email: