Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dive Time

Dive:  to plunge head first into water.

I recently had a conversation with a friend who started reading her Bible again.  I am very happy that this friend picked up her Bible.  However, this was my suggestion to her, "How about you read it.  Then we'll study what you read together at a slower pace, more in depth."  From my experience, casual reading of the Bible is only the tip of the iceberg.

"He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said."
Romans 4:21 (The Message)

When I first read that passage of scripture, I was absolutely stunned by the visual I got from "plunging" into God's promise.  Casual reading of the Bible is like sitting in the baby pool...you get wet, but not soaked!

"But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4:14 (NIV)

I refer to my Bible study time as diving...plunging head first into living water!  Here is how I dive:

I first read the chapter I'm studying in The Message translation.  I find that translation the easiest for a casual read.  This gives me a base for my break down of each verse.  I then re-write each verse in my own words using The Message, New International Version, and King James Version....and often a dictionary.  I find that using all three translations at once, helps me decipher the meaning of each verse.  I then discuss my re-written verses with a dear friend who does the same, comparing and discussing verse by verse.  Often our re-writes are very similar but not always.  Our different points of view have lead to some very interesting discussion.  :)

My Dive Time is often done on my lunch hour at The Coffee Pot.  This is what my Dive Time looks like:


 
As you can see, I usually take up most of the table:)  I have my lunch (yummy salad and bagel), my coffee, my hard copy of The Message, my binder full of Romans (NIV and KJV), my pen, and my phone for the dictionary.

This is how I plunge head first into living water and get soaked.  Do you relax in the baby pool or do you thirst for soaking?  Share your study time with us.....

6 comments:

  1. I encourage you to invest into a commentary. We can often get in trouble and misinterpret the scripture when we place our own ideas into scripture.

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    1. This is why I have a study partner who holds me accountable for my time and for my interpretation. I believe that breaking the scriptures down verse by verse is the only way to truly understand them. Without focusing in on "each" verse, it is all too easy to skip over very important teaching.

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  2. always a great reminder to drink up the word---you are an inspiration!

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  3. Nothing quite like a good plunge and hearing from God himself.

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