Monday, June 30, 2008

Part 5- Study

This continues a series based on Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.

In this chapter, Foster explains that there are three things that we, as Christians, should study in order to grow closer to God
1- The Bible. However, Foster explains that studying the Bible is more complex than just reading it. We must explore it. Read it over and over. Foster suggests using lectio divina to study passages.
2- Other writings on Christianity. He suggests a number of books, but perhaps the easiest to digest would be C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity. Other books that are named offer great insight into the thoughts and discoveries of many spiritual giants. Feel free to explore this chapter to find out what else Foster recommends.
3- Ourselves. In order to better understand your faith, it's important to understand yourself. Try to figure out what helps you get closer to God. Find out what hinders your walk, and make efforts to adjust your life so that you have more of the former and less of the latter.

In the final paragraph, Foster addresses the fact that study is something that is difficult to begin and keep doing, but once you've started making it a habit, it is easily maintained as we begin to thirst for more knowledge.

Read the other entries from the Disciplines series
1- Introduction
2-Meditation
3-Prayer
4-Fasting

2 comments:

Stacey said...

what is lectio divina?

Russ Bowlin said...

I meant to make that a link to a wikipedia page. Basically, it's a style of studying that consists of four steps:
1- slowly reading the passage several times
2- reflecting on one word or the theme of the passage: ie- If it was grace, you might reflect on the meaning of grace and how God has shown you and others grace
3- having a conversation with God about the passage
4- contemplation on God- focusing on God's being, and enjoying the surrounding creation

For more in depth reading, here's the link I meant to include
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lectio_divina