This Wednesday we explored a simple method for approaching Bible study alone or in groups. It is named The Swedish Method after the Swedish study group who are thought to have been the first to use it.
Begin with prayer, asking God to speak through his word, and then read the text, preferably aloud. Read it again, slowly, this time looking for the three things at the top of the handy ‘cut-out-and-keep’ guide! Make a note of at least one idea in each category (light bulb, question mark and arrow). If working in a group, everybody should share and discuss the responses. End the study with prayer.
The method can be extended using the other three symbols on the diagram (heart, circle of arrows and speech bubble). On Wednesday, we worked though Ephesians 6:10-20 using the method. Why don’t you try it? The notes you make could be the beginning of your own Bible study journal.
Next week we will be looking at the following scriptures using the Swedish method we learned about this Wednesday: Psalm 91:1-6, Acts 3:1-10, Galatians 5:16-26, Colossians 3:1-10.