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How I read my Bible

How I read my Bible
by Wendell Flentje

There are 3 ways that I read my bible now that I am a retired Minister and do not preach very often any more.

  1. I take my bible to church on Sundays, and I read the passages that are being used in the service of worship. I go to church expecting that God will have something for me to receive during the service, perhaps from the songs or the prayers or a testimony, but especially through hearing the Scriptures being read and spoken about during the sermon. I always hope to hear the Scriptures spoken about accurately and with passion. When I have my bible with me, I can check that the preacher is being faithful to the Scriptures.
  2. I take my bible to a bible study group in a home each week. A small group gives the opportunity to discuss passages from the bible at some depth. People can ask questions and share insights, which they can't at services of worship. I have personally found that home fellowship groups have been really important to help me grow as a disciple of Jesus.
  3. Every day I read my bible on my own. For many years now I have used a devotional guide from England called "Every Day With Jesus" and have found it to be very helpful for my personal growth. The writer usually chooses a theme to be followed for 2 months, for example, "The legacy of Jesus", but he sometimes looks at one particular book of the bible. The booklet has a passage from the bible, a short commentary about it, a prayer, and some further bible passages to look up.
  4. I am so glad that I am able to keep growing in my relationship with God and his people, and that, as the hymn says: "The Lord has still more light and truth to break forth from his word