Luke 19:1-5 – What did Zacchaeus do right?
He put himself in the path of Jesus!
Spiritual Rhythms are practices that help us intentionally and consistently put ourselves in the path of Jesus!
What’s one of the best ways to make sure we are on the right path to encounter God?
Heb. 4:12 – “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
One study revealed that 94% of Americans own a Bible but only 30% read it weekly
Biblical literacy is at an all-time low
The number one reason people give for not reading the Bible?
“Not enough time”
Four Unhelpful Ways to Read the Bible (Jenn Wilkin)
The Medical Approach
The Pinball Approach
The Magic 8-Ball Approach
The Personal Shopper Approach
The Word of God is living and active and is worth slowing down, building time into our daily rhythm to receive this Word rather than just rush through it!
2 Timothy 3:14-17 – 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
“If we let scripture have its way with us, all this is within reach… Scripture not only gives us true information about how our lives can be transformed; it will itself be part of that process.” -N.T. Wright
How do we place ourselves in the path to let this happen?
Practical Bible Study Options
Pick One and Try it This Week
Memorization and Meditation
DBS – 3 Column Bible Study
Prepare a Lesson on a Text
Spend the Week with One Book
Place Yourself in the Path of Jesus
Spiritual Rhythm: Unhurried Bible Intake