In school, when you hear a concept for the first time, there’s a feeling like you’re just trying to take it all in. It can take a few times before anything really sinks in very much.
That’s how I feel about the Bible verses I hear on Sunday at church. I need to hear them a few times before I get to church.
So, during the week, my prayer group and I spend time reading the Bible verses we’ll hear in church the next Sunday. We do this using the acronym SOUL:
S – Scripture – Read today’s Scripture a few times.
O – One Thing – What’s the one thing that keeps standing out to you?
U – Uncover – Sit quietly and ponder how it applies to your life right now.
L – Learn – Write down the one thing you’ll take with you throughout your day.
Then, when we hear the Bible verses at church on Sunday, we’re not hearing them for the first time. Hearing it multiple times helps it sink in deeper.
We get together on Mondays to talk about what really struck us, or how its impacted our life. It’s amazing what we learn from each other just chatting together.
If you’d like to join us in trying this, here are the Bible verses for next week: Sunday October 29th.
Fun Fact: Many different kinds of churches all read the same readings on Sunday? Here’s more info if you’re interested: lectionary. Of course that’s “many,” not all, so I wanted to give you a heads up in case the Scripture I shared is different than what you hear at church next Sunday.
If you have a friend who’d like to give it a try with you, consider getting together (or Skype or Facetime) on Sunday or Monday to talk about your takeaway for the week.
If you give it a try, leave a comment with how it worked out or any ways you’ve found to make it easier or more fun!