Introduction to Scripture Engagement
Meeting God in his Word can feel overwhelming, so it’s helpful (and biblical!) to have someone model the process, like Phillip did for the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts (8:26-40).
Throughout its history, the church has taught a number of ways to help people reflect on Scripture. Where the Abide Bible introduces 5 practices, these are simply a starting point from which to grow and explore other practices.
Learn more below about Scripture engagement. The following articles have been written by the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.
5 Steps to Engage with the Bible
Following these five steps will help you prepare to engage with God’s Word so it becomes more personally meaningful and transformative in your life.
How to Abide in God’s Word
Learn how to come to the Scriptures in a manner that promotes a thriving, living, transforming relationship with Christ.
Christ: The Center of Scripture
It is through the Bible that we meet and know Christ. When we grow in our love for Christ, we grow in our love of Scriptures.
Scripture Engagement and the Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual disciplines are means to saturate our lives in the Bible, engaging with it so that our lives are transformed.
How is Scripture Engagement Different from Bible Study?
Scripture engagement is a complement to deep study of the Scriptures, engaging both the mind an the heart for a deepened relationship with God and a changed life.
How Not to Read the Bible
God’s Word is good and profitable, but there are some ways approaching the Bible that can end up restricting spiritual growth.
More on The Abide Bible Scripture Engagement Practices
Abide: Engage Through Art
Combining visual arts and the inspired words of the Bible can help you slow down and encounter the God of the Bible in a new way.
Abide: Praying Scripture
The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, has biblical prayers you can pray to strengthen your spiritual life, add variety, and express yourself to God.
Abide: Journaling Scripture
Journaling Scripture is a practice that helps you concentrate and reflect on a passage. As a result, the content has more impact on our lives.
Abide: Picture It
Using your God-given imagination to your Scripture engagement practice can help you better empathize with the people of the Bible and understand their stories in a more experiential way.
Contemplate is an easy 4-step practice compared to “feasing on the Scripture,” and helps to facilitate a personal conversation with Him.