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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Getting the Most out of Meetings

In Church
This morning I visited a church that I do not usually attend.  The pastor is working through 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus.  He working through these books as a unit.  Last week he did an overview of the three books as a unit.  It so happens that within the last year I have studied these three books as a unit as well.
Getting the Most out of Meetings
My notes this morning

In Step
This morning as he worked through the first paragraph of 1 Timothy, I was following along in the study I had previously completed.  I have the pdf of the study on my iPad.  I have an app on the iPad on which I take notes as well as the Bible app I use for Bible study.

So as he was speaking I was taking notes and comparing what he saw with my study.  To say that was interactive would be a significant understatement.  I was in a constant dialog with him.  It was excellent.

In Acts 17:11 we are told that it is noble minded to check speakers against the Word of God to make sure that they are aligned with what the Holy Spirit has inspired.  What would it be like in your community if all had studied the passage the pastor is speaking on and were working through the passage with him as he spoke?

What If?
It seems to me that the learning and assimilation of the text would be far greater than what most of us currently experience.  I know that today drove me further into the text and opened new avenues of investigation for me in 1 Timothy.

Try it.  You’ll like it.

1 comment:

  1. Many years ago for a very short time we worshiped in a fellowship where after the service the pastor invited anyone interested to meet with him to discuss the sermon. That added another dimension that I greatly enjoyed. I would say, though, that what you describe is better because it means me having already wrestled with the passage first.