HOLY HABITS 1: Biblical Teaching
‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.’ Colossians 3:16
It has always been absolutely central for Christians (and for Jews too), not only to pay careful attention to scripture so that they understand it, but understand it in order to allow it to shape the way they live i.e. to put it into practice.
Christians have found the bible to be a deep source of wisdom, encouragement and challenge and one of the main ways they hear God speaking to them. This is an indispensable Holy Habit!
Some parts of the bible however are not at all easy to understand and we will need help, not only to understand it but also to see how it is relevant to our lives now.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…Regular reading, reflecting on and memorising scripture are all ways of deepening our understanding and allowing God’s word to shape our character.
As you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom…Hearing other people’s thoughts on passages from the bible keeps us from misunderstanding it and develops healthy discussion to help work through problematic passages. Each of us has something to add to this process.
Through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts…Most of us remember songs more easily than sermons! Listening to Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs can be a great way of reflecting on Scripture and taking it into our day.
To develop this ‘Holy Habit’: use one of the above or….
‘I use the Richard Rohr website: cac.org for daily meditations that reference biblical texts and offer a new perspective on the Christian tradition’. Polly Richardson
‘We use Scripture Union's "Encounter with God" notes, as we find they help us to focus on the Bible's teaching and challenges at the start of each day’ Frances Hawkins
I use ‘Bible Gateway verse of the day’. Everyday around 9am I receive a verse by email which I usually read on my phone. Frederique Henderson
‘I have used various notes over the years but currently I am trying to just let the Bible speak (without using notes). I would recommend the NIV Study Bible - when I get to a verse I'm not sure about, I find the footnotes helpful. The Study Bible is not cheap but well worth it in my opinion’. Peter Miles
This is great as an easy access way to read the bible – NIV soul-survivor-new-testament-in-one year. Rev. Cassa Messervy
There are lots more bible reading aids – do ask for more advice.
Try reading the bible in a different translation e.g. ‘The Message’
Consider joining (or starting) a home group
Think of a favourite verse hand it in to one of the clergy with a sentence explaining why you found it helpful. We will display these as a way of learning from each other – I would love it if we all did this one : )
Share your favourite bible verse, with a short explanation - hand it to Jenny
Join a house group!
Read a different version of the bible - ask a collar!
Bible Gateway - sign up for a daily email
Study Bibles - call St Andrew's bookshop for advice. Also try 'Soul Survivor - New Testament in One Year'