How to use the "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" Devotional
This devotional has been specially designed for use in October to complement ‘Reformation Concert 2016: Tell Me The Story of Jesus’. There are 31 daily entries for GBC members to use in their devotions. The entries go from Genesis to Revelation following the story arc of the Bible as featured in the concert, and help us understand how the Bible’s one story is told across 66 books.
You could spend between 10 to 20 minutes each day using this journal to worship, read, meditate, journal and pray in personal time with God.
To get the most of out of this devotion, (a) get alone (b) where you can be quiet, and (c) conscientiously write down your thoughts. Putting thoughts into words helps memory and focus. Journalling as a spiritual discipline cannot be underestimated.
Each day’s entry comes with the following key features, which, to borrow the metaphor from the American theologian Jonathan Edwards, should be used to provide spiritual “light and heat”:
- Bible Passage: We have provided the text from the English Standard Version. Read the text a few times, highlighting key words or phrases that stand out to you in special ways. Remember that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful (2 Tim 3:16). This is like the fuel that God supplies for our souls. Without fuel, there will be no fire.
- Adoration: God’s word reveals His character and works – who He is and what He has done. A short paragraph explains how we should think about Him in worship. Instead of looking for personal application immediately, let your thoughts start with the greatness and glory of God. It should warm your heart, the way a fire brings comfort and spiritual heat to keep us warm. Adoration keeps us from being cold and dry with God.
- Meditation: means thinking hard about what God’s Word means, and especially what God is saying to us about our lives. Every good fire produces not just heat, but light for seeing. Like a lamp to illuminate our path, we need light to see ourselves truly, and where we are going. Meditation helps us see by the light of God’s Word.
- Prayer: After adoring and meditating, we need to respond to God in faith or repentance, in worship or in obedience. A written prayer here provides you with ideas to help you respond to God.
- Prayer Ideas: Some simple pointers for have been provided to suggest more prayer needs for yourself, others and the church. Use these to enrich your thoughts, or pray through a longer list like Operation World or GBC’s monthly prayer list.
Entries on a Sunday are slightly different, and have been designed for you to use as families, as a couple, or with a group of close friends to worship and discuss Scripture together.