My daughter shared with me an article, “7 Arrows for Bible Reading” by Matt Rogers. He encouraged 2- to 3-person “clusters” to ask these questions:
What does the passage say?
What does this passage mean to its original audience?
What does this passage tell us about God?
What does this passage tell us about man?
What does this passage demand of me?
How does this passage change the way I relate to people?
How does this passage prompt me to pray?
I think these are worth keeping; a bookmark would be good.
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Another friend shared a very helpful, abbreviated poster; I expanded, adding the referenced passages:
LISTEN WITHOUT INTERRUPTING …….. From Prov. 18:13 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind. … He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
SPEAK WITHOUT ACCUSING ……… James 1:19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
GIVE WITHOUT SPARING ……… Proverbs 21:26 All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING ……… Colossians 1:9 …we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
ANSWER WITHOUT ARGUING ……… Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
SHARE WITHOUT PRETENDING ……… Ephesians 4:15 speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ
ENJOY WITHOUT COMPLAINT ……… Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing
TRUST WITHOUT WAVERING ……… 1 Corinthians 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
FORGIVE WITHOUT PUNISHING ……… Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
PROMISE WITHOUT FORGETTING ……… Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Yes, sometimes our computer time yields some really Good “Shares.”
Thanks for sharing.