Wednesday, November 19, 2014

guest post | 7 arrows with Jessa

remember when i posted about the 7 arrows of Bible reading? well, a few weekends ago while i was on the Renew Retreat, a few of the girls had heard of it! Jessa brought it up one night and it was kinda shocking to hear someone outside of my church talk about it. it was really neat though & i had a handful of bookmarks with me so i handed them out to the girls.

Jessa and i thought it would be fun to collaborate on a post about the 7 arrows! so, we've decided to each study Romans 12:1-8 through the 7 arrows. we thought it would be cool to see the arrows in action and how differently people think things through. so today Jessa is sharing her 7 arrows here & i am sharing mine on her blog!

Hey Robyn's Nest readers! I am so happy to introduce myself and my blog to you. I'm Jessa, and I blog at The Jessa Olson Blog formally called Life of A Sports Wife. I did change my blog name in June. I recently met Robyn at Renew Retreat a few weeks ago. We were talking about bible study and quiet time. I mentioned 7 arrows with no idea that Robyn goes to the church with the pastor that invented this style.

Since Renew, Robyn and I have kept in touch and thought it would be fun to write a post on the 7 arrows. I personally struggle with finding a way to study the bible. I haven't found one that absolutely suits me. Hopefully that will come soon.The verses that we selected are Romans 12:1-8. To be honest, Robyn selected the verses but she did a great job.

Romans 12: 1-8 [The Message]

1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.

o1 | what does this passage say?
  • take everyday life and offer it to God.
  • fix your attention on God. Each day renew your heart and rededicate yourself to the Lord each day.
  • Preach and give all the glory to God. 
o2 | what did this passage mean to its original audience?

This is a tough one for me because I am not one on knowing original audience. I honestly don't know where to look or how to find it. So this is why I love this part of the arrows because I am learning the bible and the original context. I love this about our new church as well because they teach about the bible and how we can apply in our everyday life.

I went to to really learn what Romans was all about in more detail. Early in the section Paul talks about us believers and the struggle between God and the evil world.

this section is different. the meat and potatoes of the bible. 

o3 | what does this passage tell us about God?
  • God is helping you
  • God brings out the best of you
  • God will bring it all to you
o4 | what does this passage tell us about man?

We sin everyday. We need to refocus and rededicate our live to the Lord each day. In each activity that we do we need place it to God as an offering. It is our daily offering to the Lord. 

o5 | what does this passage demand of me?

I need to renew my mind with the Lord each and every day. I need to use what God has given me and use to his glory each day. I also need to focus on what is going on in my world and not let competition and envious behavior get in the way. I need to let God work in me each and everyday. 

o6 | how does this passage change the way i relate to people?

This was an eye opener for me because I can see how I treat people esp verses 6-8. 

o7 | what does this passage prompt me to pray?

I pray that I let God use in me in the way that he desires to use me, and that I open myself up to being used by him. I will pray that my attitude changes in my daily actions.

So there you have it. This is my first time doing the 7 arrows. I really like it but it takes a lot out of you. I also love this section. Thank you Robyn for letting me taking over your blog.

what are your answers to the 7 arrows? we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


  1. I have never heard of the 7 arrows! but man how challenging!! I am going to try this out in my bible study today~

  2. I really love what both of you said about the passage! And Robyn, your point about us needing to share our gifts (instead of keeping them to ourselves bc of pride & fear) was really deep and very challenging. Thanks for sharing this! :)

  3. Thank you so much for this. I am struggling with my Bible time right now. That usually means I need to change something or the way I am doing something.

  4. thanks Julie! oh gosh... it's so true! it can be easy to keep them to ourselves... but we were given our gifts for the good of others! :)

  5. it is a great way to dig deeper in any passage! :)

  6. they have only surfaced in the past year or so! it is kinda simple, but digs a lot deeper! i love it! :)