It’s been awhile, but here we are. I’ve missed you. I mean to say, I’ve missed interacting with you by sharing my thoughts and reading your comments. What brings me back now is a class, a religion class, where I’m encouraged to share what I’m learning. The class is on the first half of the New Testament. As you may know if you’ve been here before, the stories about the Savior from the New Testament, and His teachings were a great comfort to me in a difficult time of my life so taking this class feels like coming home. I’m really excited to study the New Testament in depth again, and I’d love for you to join me.
Something I really enjoy about this religion class is the tips on different ways to delve deeper into the scriptures, to truly drink from them, not just casually read. This week the study skill I used was called: Lists.
“A list is a purposeful grouping that items are included in a list or excluded for a purpose. For a purpose like you make a grocery list and you make a separate list like a to-do list or a chore list or a homework list. A list implies that the things on that list are there together for a purpose. So the first question when you find a list is what’s the purpose of the list, what’s the topic, what’s the subject? What is the Lord trying to talk to me here? Another really good question to ask is does the list have an order to it? Are the things on the list being presented according to some ordered scheme, like chronology or hierarchy or process.” Dale Strum, BYU-Idaho
Lists are one of my favorite study skills to use. It seems fairly simple, and it is, but somehow looking for these lists helps me see things I might have otherwise not noticed. Sometimes lists simply help me bring things together that I love. For example this list of Christ’s names thus far: Emmanuel: God With Us, Son of the Highest, and Word of God. Each of those names could be a blog post on their own.
I also wrote a couple quick, fun (at least to me) lists. Here’s one:
The Angel’s Instructions to Joseph:
- Arise – take the child and His mother
- Flee in to Egypt
- Stay there until you hear from me.
It occurred to me that at different times in our lives, we may have been given very similar instructions.
- Arise-follow Him
- Flee from sin and temptation
- Stay there- be strong in the faith, keep the commandments
I really loved this list that I found in the Institute Manual:
- Matthew – Jewish People
- Mark – Romans
- Luke – Greeks
- John – Members of the church
Wow, how did I never notice that before!
Do you make lists when you read the scriptures? What lists have you found?
Til next time . . .
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