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 6/8-6/12: Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 3:8-9,13-14
1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2 And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
3 And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. …13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:8-9,13-14)
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
6/1-65: Genesis 1, Psalm 24
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