The Devotional Method

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable” 2 Timothy 3:16

    In his Bible Study Methods, Pastor Rick Warren provides twelve different methods to help you actively engage Scripture. Though all of them are useful, the Devotional Method is a good place to start. It begins with selecting a short passage and prayerfully reflecting on it "until the Holy Spirit shows you a way to apply the truth to your life. Then write out the personal application… You cannot study the Bible without writing something down." The four steps are:

  1. Pray for insight on how to apply the passage (before you begin reading).
  2. Read and prayerfully reflect on the verse(s). Some helpful options are:
  • Visualize the scene in your mind; reread the passage emphasizing different words; paraphrase the passage in your own words; personalize the passage by putting your name in it.
  1. Write out an application that is personal, practical, possible and provable.
    1. Memorize a key verse from your study.

Practice this method in the space below by going further into 2 Timothy 3:10-16.

1. PRAYER    

* Check when done

2. REFLECTION

Paraphrase the passage; find a command to obey & a promise to claim.

3. APPLICATION

What should change in your life in response to this passage?

4. MEMORIZATION

What truth do you need to store in your heart?

 

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