Checkout Pastor Josh's Sunday Morning message explaining Lectio Divina and walking the congregation through it together!
LECTIO DIVINA IS ABOUT ONE THING: developing an intimate relationship with God by reading, listening, and praying the Scriptures that have been given to us.
Why practice lectio divina?
We are hoping to hear God’s voice and do God’s will, to move from simply attaining information and move toward a communion with God that is transformative. This means we are listening for the voice of God, communicated through the Scriptures and revealed by the Spirit.
For as many centuries as Lectio Divina has been practiced by individuals, it has also been practiced in community. We invite you to join your friends and incorporate the journal into a rhythm within your community. Whether it be in small groups, youth group meet-ups, to women or mens gatherings around the kitchen able or coffee shop, your community life will deepen through this simple practice of Divine Reading. Since listening is at the heart of Lectio Divina, by practicing in a group setting we nurture this gift of listening by hearing those around us and the movement of the Holy Spirit within them. You don’t need to be an expert to guide these moments.
How does lectio divina work?
First, you listen with the heart to the text of the Bible for what God seems to be speaking through the text. The classical form of Lectio Divina includes six elements.
Stillness and Centering before God (2 minutes)
Read the passage slowly. Listen for the word or phrase addressed to you personally.
Read the passage again slowly. What’s going on in this passage? Listen for how the passage connects with your life. What is it in my life right now that needs to hear this word? Where am I in this scene? How does my life experience connect with this story?
Again, read the passage slowly. What is my response to God based upon what I have read and encountered? Enter into a personal dialogue with God and share your feelings of love, joy, sorrow, repentance, desire, need, etc.
After this final reading, return to a place of resting and waiting on God, listening to His still small voice in silence for 5 minutes. This is a posture of abandonment to the Lover of your Soul, like a weaned child leaning against his mother (PS 131:2)
Live out the Word of God in the context of daily life and activity. As a way of supporting your intent to live out the word you have been given, you may want to choose an image, a picture, or a symbol that you can carry to remind you of the living Word you received as you continue your day.
“The word of scripture should never stop sounding in your ears and working in you all day long, just like the words of someone you love…. Do not ask ‘How shall I pass this on’, but ‘What does this say to me?’ Then ponder this word long in your heart until it has gone right into you and taken possession of you.”
Dietrich BonHoeffer, Life Together
EXAMEN PRAYER [SATURDAYS]
 Become aware of the presence of God and His love for you.
 Review the week with gratitude.
 While asking yourself the following questions, be attentive to what you're feeling or to what you're thinking:
- Where in your week did you experience consolation; joy, comfort, peace?
- Where in your week did you experience desolation; sadness, frustration, or failure?
 As you become attentive to your desolation: What sadness, frustration, or failure might you need to confess? Where might you need to receive forgiveness?
 With hope, look forward tomorrow. What newness would the Holy Spirit be inviting you into?
christmas (December) 2017 READING guide
This Christmas Season, dive into God’s Word and follow along with the story of Christmas! This December reading plan will take you through the Christmas story from The Prophecy to Jesus’ birth.
1 Isaiah 11:1-10
2 Review The Week
3 Sunday Morning Service
4 Zachariah 9:9-13
5 Isaiah 61
6 Isaiah 53
7 Micah 5:2-5; Isaiah 7:14
8 Isaiah 9:1-7
9 Review The Week
10 Sunday Morning Service
11 Luke 1:26-38
12 Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:39-56
13 Matthew 1:19-24
14 Matthew 1:25; Luke 2:1-7
15 Luke 2:8-20
16 Review The Week
17 Sunday Morning Service
18 Luke 2:21-24
19 Luke 2:25-39
20 Matthew 2:1-12
21 Matthew 2:13-18
22 Matthew 2:19-23; Luke 2:40
23 Review The Week
24 Christmas Eve Services: 4 & 6 PM
25 John 3:16-21
26 John 1:1-18
27 Titus 3:3-8
28 Philippians 2:1-11
29 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
30 Review The Week
31 Sunday Morning Service