The Gospel of Mark
Students, Leaders and Parents,
What is up DBSM family?!
One of our desires for us as we continue these next few weeks time is to continue and redeem the time as much as possible. This is a historic time right now, why not continue to run to God in the midst of what looks like chaos around us? With thad said, we are going to keep going through a daily devotional together and we are going to journey through the Gospel of Mark together!
Here’s a reminder/encouragement about your actual personal devotional.
ONE, take time everyday to journal and reflect on what you are learning in this time. It could be from the just a personal experience or it could also be what you see happening all around you with the virus and the implications from it. Remember these questions to help you process everyday:
- what did you learn about yourself today?
- what did you learn about God?
- what did you learn about others?
And write it down! This is such an important aspect of reflection, something that is getting more and more lost with the coming of newer technology and smarter phones. Pour out on paper what you are learning.
TWO, have time with God. Take 10-30 minutes and dive into God’s Word. We are having quite the adventure in these days, it’s encouraging to know that by digging into God it will bring you life the fullest. He will keep you on course. He will bring sanity to a chaotic world around you. So continue to dive in, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8).
An easy way to do that is through the method (S.O.A.P.) which stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer.
This will be from Monday, April 1 (today) through Friday, May 29th. There is a printable version included in the email as a PDF as well as blank SOAP sheets.
Scripture – write down the text you are going through here
Observation – what do you see? what stands out? why is that important?
This part is of the upmost importance! It’s always step one! Also, don’t be afraid to mark up your Bible. I always…
- try to underline important verbs
- put a box around certain conjunctions, connecting words and clauses
- place a triangle above contrasting words (but, yet, still, even so, nevertheless)
- draw a circle around certain themes in the text
- make a line with an arrow to the side and place your own commentary on the sides
Application – what are you going to do about what you learned?
Think about what you’ve read and the truth you’ve discovered. Now imagine how your life could be different because of that truth, and remember it’s all because of Jesus that makes it possible. And it’s through the Holy Spirit living side you to empower you to make that change in your life.
Sometimes it’s easy to write so much down here you don’t actually see any change. So my challenge to you is to think of ONE THING that you want to work on.
Prayer – ask God to help you and change you and also pray for those around you. A helpful way to remember is through (ACTS).
- Adoration – Praise God for who He is and what He’s done
- Confession – humble yourself and confess how you’ve fallen short and sinned against Him
- Thanksgiving – remember all that God has been doing in your life and celebrate his Faithfulness
- Supplication – or the world, for our families and friends, for the lost, and for his kingdom
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Let’s journey through the Gospel of Mark as one,
April 1, 2020