Wednesday, September 03, 2014

7 arrows of Bible reading


have you ever opened up your Bible and wondered how to begin studying? reading & memorizing verses are wonderful, but you want to dig deeper and aren't sure how? that is how i felt most everytime i opened up my Bible. i could do Bible study books & follow along on Sundays... but when it came to really studying the Bible for myself i was lost.

you may remember my post about the church plant we are involved in. in that post, i talked about a church body where Thomas & i met. Matt, the creator of the 7 arrows, is the pastor of that church. he came up with these 7 arrows/questions to ask about any passage you are reading in order to really soak it in, understand the context, discern what it is saying, and apply it to your life. he even made bookmarks so you can keep the 7 arrows at your fingertips while reading the Bible.

our small groups actually use these 7 arrows during our discussion time. the small group set up we have is really neat. during the first half, we discuss the sermon that will be preached the following week & use the 7 arrows to facilitate that discussion. the second half of the small group is gender time where we split up between guys and girls & have a time of accountability.

anytime i sit down to read my Bible now, i pull out this bookmark & use it to make the most of my study time. it has been a life changer for my quiet time. if you love journaling like me, you can journal out these questions for the passage you are reading each day! i want to share the arrows with you as well because it is a great Bible study tool! you can read the original article on The Gospel Coalition here.


7 ARROWS OF BIBLE READING

o1 | what does this passage say?
a quick, simple summary of what the passage is saying. the main point of the passage summarized in 1-2 sentences.

o2 | what did this passage mean to its original audience?
what was the author's intent in writing this? what is the context this was written in? what were the implications in the culture back then? what would it say to the original audience that heard it?

o3 | what does this passage tell us about God?
how does this passage reflect the nature of God? what does it tell us about His character?

o4 | what does this passage tell us about man?
how does this passage shed light on humanity as a whole? what does it tell us about our sin?

o5 | what does this passage demand of me?
now we get more personal. in light of these other arrows, what action am i to take based on this passage? how does the meaning of this passage apply to my life?

o6 | how does this passage change the way i relate to people?
how does this passage affect my relationships with others? how does it change the way i interact with other Christians? how does it change the way i interact & live missionally in the world?

o7 | what does this passage prompt me to pray?
in light of my answers to the previous 6 arrows, how has my heart been stirred to pray? are there parts of this passage that i can pray over my life or others?


if you would like your own copy of the bookmark, you can download it HERE!


what is your favorite Bible study tool?

29 comments:

  1. Such a creative way of reading! I love it!

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  2. That's pretty cool! I have written some things similar on my bookmark!

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  3. I love this! I want one of those book marks for my Bible!

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  4. This seems like a great way to really hone into specific passages - I will have to give it a try. Are the bookmarks available anywhere for purchase?

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  5. I love this because I have been struggling with my quiet time. I'm glad that I am not alone, and great got accountability.

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  6. This is seriously very practical. I'll bookmark this and keep it in mind, it could even be really useful as a framework for a group Bible study.

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  7. love this! I'm totally going to have to ask these questions! thanks for sharing Robyn :)

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  8. right?! these questions help so much to dig deeper!

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  9. awesome! yeah i love all the questions that help me to really dig in!

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  10. it is very handy to always have it sitting in my Bible! :)

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  11. yes! it has help me a lot! i don't think they are for purchase anywhere, but i may have an extra one! email me your address & i can mail you one!

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  12. same here! these questions really help me to dig in deeper & it's helped my study time a lot!

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  13. yes! we actually use it as a framework for our small group study also! :)

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  14. it is! really helps to look at the context it was written in & dig deeper :)

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  15. sure thing, Emma! :) they have helped my study time so much!

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  16. Such a great tool for digging in deeper into the word! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. What a great way to dig deeper into his word. Thank you for sharing!!

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  18. Such simple, yet life-changing ways to read the Word!

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  19. This is great! I'm frequently at a loss of where to start when I open my Bible and this captures the heart of scripture. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Yes, this is exactly what I need for studying, thank you Robyn!

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  21. yes! that is why i love it! simple & usable, but very life changing!

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  22. that is the way i was! i have no idea where to start, but this is so practical & helps to dig deep but also get application out of it!

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  23. oh awesome!! i didn't even know they had a copy online! i will add that to the post! thanks Chantel! :)

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  24. Chantel actually found a copy of the bookmark online to print out!!

    http://tccherrydale.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Seven-Arrows-of-Bible-Reading.pdf

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  25. Chantel found a copy online! if you want to print more than what i sent you, here you go!! http://tccherrydale.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Seven-Arrows-of-Bible-Reading.pdf

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  26. This is a awesome! You (and your pastor, too bc he invented this) put into clear steps what seems so vague when you hear about "studying" the Bible.

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