Saturday, January 30, 2016

S. P. E. E. C. H. and P. A. T.

In order to gain the maximum benefit from a passage of scripture during my quiet times, I use the following formula to extract the riches of God buried in the depth of the passage. This formula can be used and modified in order for you to thoroughly meditate on the passage at hand. As you read and think through your passage ask the following questions:

Is there a (an)...

Sin to Confess
Promise to Claim
Example to Copy
Error to Consider
Command to Complete
Hypothesis* to Construe

*a hypothesis is an idea or explanation that you then test through study and experimentation. Although we cannot conduct experiments on the bible, I use this term loosely to imply a general idea or thought that is expanded by study of the bible

Is there a (an)...

Praise to Commend
Attitude to Change
Truth to Champion

Don't just answer the questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Write out the answer when applicable and act upon your answer appropriately. 

For an example, if a passage is dealing with lying and you know that lying to be a sin and that you have in one way or another lied, the answer to is there a sin to confess it would be:

Sin to Confess:  Lying or failing to tell the truth. Action would then be to confess to God the lies that were told and also to recognize that lying is a terrible symptom of an even greater problem, our sin nature. 

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