In this time of social distancing and a “stay home” mandate for our community, we want to connect and gather around God’s Word. The :15 Scripture Connection is a modified form of “lectio divina” in which we will return to the same scripture again and again in different ways to be nourished together by God’s Word. This is ideal for a scattered congregation in that if you miss a day you can easily return and not fall behind. The weekly schedule is below. It is intended for M-F with one day off for flexibility and one (Sunday) set aside for worship. Following that, Zach provides example videos using a familiar verse to explain what to do each day.
Scripture for week of 6/1-6/5: Psalm 24:1-6; Genesis 1:1-5, 26-28,31
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive a blessing from the Lord
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face—even Jacob.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. … 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” … 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Day 1: Enter
As you read this passage of scripture for the first time, simply try to familiarize yourself with the details and circumstances of the story. Ask these questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?
Day 2: Impress
As you read the same passage of scripture for the second time, notice what word, phrase, sentence, or verse speaks to you or makes an impression on you. Feel free to highlight or underline it.
Day 3: Pray
As you read this passage of scripture for the third time, try to prayerfully interact with God through this text. Think about how this passage relates to our current circumstances. Use the words in this text to pray for yourself and for others.
Day 4: Encourage
As you read this passage of scripture for the fourth time, think about one person in your life that needs to hear this message. Who can you encourage with a verse from this passage? Send the verse that spoke to you to that person and tell him/her that you love him/her!
Day 5: Live
In the final reading of this passage, ask God to show you how He wants you to live based on this scripture. How can you live differently according to this passage? Is there something God would have you start doing, stop doing, or continue doing? Then go live out God’s Word!
Example Videos (using John 3:16)
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Scripture for previous weeks
5/25-5/29: Psalm 124
5/18-5/22: Psalm 102
5/11-5/15: Psalm 33
5/4-5/8: Psalm 27
4/28-5/3: Psalm 23
4/20-4/25: Psalm 13
4/13 – 4/17: Psalm 6
4/6 – 4/10: Luke 24:1-12
3/30 – 4/3: Matthew 21:1-14