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?
Lectio Divina is Latin for “Divine Reading”. Each time we read the Bible, we should look to be transformed by it. Lectio Divina is a tool to help in the transformational process. We live in an informational culture and this presents a challenge in our relationship with God. Without realizing it, we can read the Bible for information, rather than relationship. Through the Lectio Divina format, we hope to move from simply attaining information and move toward a life-transforming relationship with God.
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.
Checkout Pastor Josh's Sunday Morning message explaining Lectio Divina and walking the congregation through it together!
How does Lectio Divina work?
There are six elements to this format of reading the Bible below.
Being still before God, quieting our hearts and seeking the Holy Spirit’s teaching is so crucial to reading the Bible. We encourage you to be intentional in this step by devoting a couple of minutes to it.
SLOWLY read aloud the passage of Scripture. Listen for a word or phrase that stands out as you read and write it down.
SLOWLY read aloud the same passage of Scripture. This time as you read, pay attention to what’s going on in the verses. Listen for how the passage connects with your life, asking these questions: What is happening in my life right now that needs to hear this Word and then write it down?
For a third time, SLOWLY read aloud the same passage of Scripture. What is my response to God based on what I have read? Enter into a personal dialogue with God and express your love, joy, sorrow, repentance, desire, need, etc. Write it down.
You may choose to silently read through the verses one last time, but after reading, return to a place of resting and waiting on God and listening for His voice. Give this step several minutes. This is a posture of abandonment to the One who loves you like crazy! (Psalm 131:2)
Determine in your heart and mind to LIVE OUT the word you received.
In the words of Dietrich BonHoeffer:
“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
 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?
AUGUST 2018 READING PLAN
1 Joshua 6:1-7
2 Joshua 6:8-25
3 Joshua 6:26-27
4 Review the Week
5 Sunday Service
6 Joshua 7:1-9
7 Joshua 7:10-26
8 Joshua 8:1-23
9 Joshua 8:24-29
10 Joshua 8:30-35
11 Review the Week
12 Sunday Service
13 Joshua 9:1-15
14 Joshua 9:16-27
15 Joshua 10:1-15
16 Joshua 23:1-16
17 Joshua 24:1-13
18 Review the Week
19 Sunday Service
20 Joshua 24:14-28
21 Joshua 24:29-33
22 Psalm 84
23 John 10:1-24
24 Proverbs 15:1-4
25 Review the Week
26 Sunday Service
27 1 Kings 4:29-34
28 Romans 15:22-33
29 Psalm 11
30 John 10:22-42
31 Proverbs 15:11-15
ABOUT THE BOOKS
The Book of Joshua is the account of Israel’s entrance into the Promised Land where they miraculously crossed the Jordan River and took possession of their inheritance in Canaan. According to the Spirit-Filled Life Bible, “Canaan was divided into many city-states, each with its own autocratic government and all feuding with each other. Morally, the people were depraved, lawlessness and brutality were commonplace. Canaanite religion emphasized fertility, with sexual practices, and child sacrifice. The stage was set and the land ripe for conquest” (Ron Mehl).