Here is a recent conversation I had on Face Book with a great friend in Michigan. Mike is a dedicated cop with a great testimony! I truly appreciate him.
Mike Lee How do you like to study individual books? I’m always looking for new ideas. Currently I read a passage/section/chapter (have been in Psalms) and then reflect on, think about, and study a phrase or thought that pops out of the text at me. What do you do?
Gregory D Metcalf Do mean "study" devotionally or "study" for preaching? If you mean for my devotions, I started using the program One Note in Windows 8. I created a "notebook " called Gregg's Quiet Time.
I then take a new page for each day of my devotion. I label with the reading for the day, which is usually a complete unit of thought or a paragraph.
I then start with a heading - Reading To Understand.
Under this heading I begin to type everything I observe, questions I have about the text, in a sort of outline form. I answer questions such as who is speaking who is being spoken to, what is being said, why it is being said.
I then make an additional heading, "Meditation on Reading" I then meditate or think through the unit of thought I just observed, drawing out the principles and truths in the paragraph.
After I draw out the truths and principles, I make another heading called "Prayer on Reading and Meditation"
Here I list the things I need to pray about as a result of reading the passage. Things I need to do, not do, don't understand, appreciate, praises come at this time, etc.
Then I make a final heading called “Contemplation on Reading, Mediation, and Praying.”
Here I look for the application for my life - what do I need to do or not do. I use something I made up called SPEECH.
Is there a:
Sin to Confess,
Promise to Claim,
Example to Copy, and
Error to Consider,
Command to Complete,
Hypothesis to Construe?
Gregory D Metcalf After all that I take one devotional commentary and I read it on the section I just finished for any additional insight or correction to my thinking. Does that help?
Mike Lee Love it!