Devotional Guidelines for 2011

3 Jan

Ekklesia521 had our annual winter retreat last week. The theme of the retreat was “Tools in Fighting the Good Fight of Faith.” And, at the retreat, we handed out this small booklet (note: when printing, print odd pages first, restock those pages in printer, then print even pages in order to make the booklet.)

In it, I included three tools that I learned from others (e.g. Piper, Chandler, Dodson) in the fight of faith: (1) Scripture memorization, (2) Devotionals, and (3) Gospel-centered Accountability Groups.

Today, I wanted to explain the Devotional aspect a little bit further. More and more, I am beginning to realize that though there is a spiritual element involved in us not doing our devotionals, for many, it’s just that we don’t know how to do it. So, I thought I’d elaborate further in these bullet-points.

1. Find a quiet spot, free of distractions; turn off all electronics.

2. Pray the I.O.U.S. (see booklet)

3. Either use the 10-10-10 formula (see booklet) or use this Bible-reading plan that takes you through the Bible in one year (I’ve used this for the first time last year and it was great).

4. Start reading and physically write down in your journal the verse(s) that catch your attention.

5. Choose one of those verses to journal on.

6. Here, what I do is I do a combination of writing down observations of what I see in the text and/or answer these four questions about the text.

7. Pray, thanking God for His grace and ask the Spirit for help.


One Response to “Devotional Guidelines for 2011”


  1. Ekklesia521: Undone By Grace » Blog Archive » How to Read the Bible Devotionally by Jonathan Dodson - January 5, 2011

    […] along another tool that – this time from Jonathan Dodson. For those in Ekklesia521, if the devotional guide in the booklet didn’t help, then by all means, use the following tool by Jonathan Dodson: 1. […]

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