Morning Bible Study

A Morning Bible Study

I’ve learned, over the years, to reach for my Bible first thing each morning. Nothing else can come first. Well, a pot of coffee can, and the dog gets to go outside to pee, but that’s it. I won’t even switch last night’s load of laundry because we all know what would happen if I did. And, my phone is turned off.

It goes like this. I read the chapter, pick the first 5-6 verses, and begin. Here’s my page header.

Galatians 1: 1-5       January 11, 2016  

I divide each verse into a, b, and c.

1a) From Paul, an apostle (not appointed by men, or a human agency, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him [Jesus] from the dead).
1b) God raises the dead and God gives us our appointments.
1c) What appointment has God given me?

A: I write the Scripture out, without modifying it, although I do typically shorten it. I don’t use my critical thinking skills here. I use the Holy Spirit, who teaches me. I start by praying to be taught and the wisdom to understand. I remember being startled that I wasn’t learning what I thought about Scripture. I was learning Scripture. That was 24 years ago.

2) and all the brothers with me, to the churches of Galatia.
2b) Don’t journey alone.
2c) Who are ‘the brothers’ with me?

B is my lesson, my take-away. It can be a command, a warning, encouragement, a lesson, comfort, lots of things.
C is the question I ask myself in response.

3a) Grace and Peace to you from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
3b) Grace and peace come from God and Jesus.
3c) How do I try to create my own internal and external peace?

I take time after each question and prayerfully ask God the question. I want to listen for the answer.

4a) who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age according the will of God the Father
4b) Christ is our rescuer.
4c) Do I live in fear of myself though I have been rescued?

5a) To whom be the glory forever and ever (Christ).
5b) Glory belongs to Christ, who obeyed and performed the will of the Father.
5c) Do I seek my glory or Christ’s?

The next part is a short application of what I’ve learned and how I plan to respond to it.

Being rescued from this world of evil does not mean I am taken out of it. It means Christ, through the forgiveness of my sins, rescued me from being a part of it. I would be/and am as evil and terrible as the world around me had it not been for Christ’s grace to me. I live in fear of myself and my ability to mess things up, but I don’t need too. Christ has rescued me from that.

To walk in the authority and grace God has given me.

Side notes:
Who knew there was “churches” in Galatia? I presumed there was just one.

Side notes is just me. Odd things I notice that I hadn’t before. I also keep a prayer list going while studying, as people or things come to mind.