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By Stephen J. Binz

This new religious study sequence from a bestselling writer examines key biblical characters and attracts at the historic Christian perform of lectio divina.

Ancient-Future religious study contains modern examine of the Bible with an event of the church's so much old means of studying Scripture, lectio divina. This familiar perform includes 5 simple routine: biblical research (lectio), mirrored image (meditatio), prayer (oratio), discernment (contemplatio), and contemplative motion (operatio). In six in actual fact written volumes, bestselling writer Stephen Binz is helping readers learn the Bible in a manner that ends up in non secular transformation and brings them towards God.

Binz leads readers in a shiny learn of key biblical characters, together with Abraham, Paul, Peter, David, the ladies of the Torah, and the ladies of the Gospels. He exhibits all Christians who wish to have a reworking event with the encouraged note of God how learning Scripture via lectio divina can enrich...

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In the life of Abraham, as Paul demonstrates, faith was the priority. Abraham was made righteous before God through his faithful trust. His circumcision was a subsequent seal of his righteousness, not the producer of his saving relationship with God. Thus Abraham is the bearer of God’s promised blessings to all people, not just the Jewish people. All who believe in the God of Abraham are Abraham’s children. Meditatio Consider the meaning of this Scripture passage in the context of your own life in Christ today.

The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more it seeps into our lives and saturates our thoughts and feelings. Meditatio allows the dynamic Word of God to so penetrate our lives that it truly infuses our minds and hearts and we begin to embody its truth and its goodness. Oratio—Praying in Response to God’s Word Careful lectio and reflective meditatio open the way for God to enter into our hearts and inflame them with the grace of his love. There, at the core of our being, we naturally want to respond to the One whose voice we have heard.

There is no single method for the practice of lectio divina. It is not a rigid step-by-step system for encountering God in biblical passages. The spiritual masters of the early church distrusted methods of prayer and spiritual practice that were too rigidly defined, wishing instead to cultivate the freedom necessary to respond to the Spirit’s promptings. Lectio divina aims toward a holistic experience of Scripture, incorporating our intellects, feelings, and actions. ” Comparable to the movements in a classical work of music, each movement has its own characteristics and can even be practiced independently of the others.

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