David Platt // How to Read the Bible Practically

David Platt // How to Read the Bible Practically


– Let’s seek God together
through His Word. And this is the last
acrostic I’ll remind you of, three acrostics today. We talked about this one last year, so and this will be review
for many, but new for some. We use the word MAPS as a guide to get from reading “The Bible” to experiencing intimacy with God. So, MAPS. And if you remember, M
stands for two words. Anybody remember what they are. Meditate and memorize. It’s kind of really funny
if you didn’t remember that. So, anyway, meditate and memorize. So, now the whole picture
here is coming to “The Bible”. We’re not just kind of reading, like, okay, checked that box. No, we’re meditating. We’re gonna talk about
this more in just a minute, but we read “The Bible” slowly. We ponder what it’s saying. We’re soaking in what it means. We read this different
than any other book. It’s not just, like,
scrolling through the news on your phone, okay, or scrolling through
this or that on Facebook, like, it’s not just kind
of seeing what’s there. It’s stopping and listening and pondering, what is this passage saying? Like, who’s writing it? Who are the first people
who received this? What would they have thought about this? What’s the whole point of this passage? And what does it mean, like, what does this passage
teach about who God is, about who we are, about who Jesus is, about what it means to follow Him? And then as we’re
meditating, pondering over, soaking in, we look for verses or even passages or chapters, sometimes, that we wanna memorize. So memorization is one of
the most practical ways of meditation. Because when you memorize something, you say it over and over and over again. You, like, cement it in your head. That’s what we’re doing, when
you think about meditation, memorization is one of
the best ways to do that. So it just becomes a part of you. So we try to memorize. Maybe I’m gonna encourage
you to set a goal for that. Maybe it’s a verse a week or maybe more. We meditate, memorize, then we, A, apply. So we ask, how does what I just read
transform my thoughts, my desires or my actions? Think head, heart, hands. How does what we read in God’s Word change the way we think? So just read through “The Bible” and go, okay, how does this
change the way I think? How does this change what I desire, what I want in my life, what I want for my family, what I want in the world? And what does this passage
compel me, then, to do? What does what I just read
change about the way I act? How does it change the way I speak? How does it change the
way I serve other people? The way I love people in my life, like, what changes in my life, my actions, my Words, as a result of what I’ve just read? So, James 1 says, if we just read the Word and don’t walk away thinking about how it applies to our life, we have missed the whole point. So we apply, then asking
these questions in application leads us to P, which is pray. So do what we just said,
praise, repent, ask and or yield according to God’s Words. So we pray according to what we read. And we praise God
according to what we read. When we read things, we
learn about God and the Word. It just leads us to praise Him. And when we see things in the Word that we are falling short in, it leads us to repent of sin in our hearts about not obeying God’s Word. It leads us to ask for things. So now we’re asking, what’s key is here, now we’re asking for what
God wants, not what we want. And God promises, you know, my words abide in you,
ask whatever you want and it will be given you
because you’ll be asking according to what I know is best for you. So we pray according to God. We ask according to God’s Word. Then obviously we yield
according to God’s Word. God help me live this out. Which finally leads to S, which is share. So write down your reflections,
talk about them with others. Write down your reflections. I use a running journal on my iPad, just a Word file, just really simple, that just has reflections
on the Word each day. Different people could
do different things. You’re obviously, there’s
not a “Bible” verse I can take you to that says you need to write out this or that. I just find it really, really helpful, both in my prayer time in keeping my focus instead of my mind wandering everywhere, and then as I’m reading the Word, to spend time just writing
out what am I learning in it? And then, I write it out
not just for my own sake, because I want to share what I’ve learned with other people around me. This is what we say to
each other every week when we leave worship. “All authority and heaven
on earth’s been given to me, “go therefore and make
disciples of all nations, “baptize them in the name of
the Father, Son and Holy Spirit “and teaching them to obey
everything I’ve commanded you.” So as He speaks to us, then we are supposed to
pass that on to others. Listen to these verses. Remember Deuteronomy 6:6 through nine. We’ve looked at ’em before. “These words that I command you today “shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them
diligently to your children, “you shall talk of them when
you’re sitting in your house, “when you walk by the way, “when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as
a sign on your hand. “They shall be as frontlets
between your eyes. “You shall write them on
the door post of your house “and on your gates.” Like, did you hear that? Talk about my word, God says, when you’re sitting in your house, when you’re walking by the way, when you’re lying down
and when you’re rising. That pretty much covers it. Like, all the time, is God’s
Word like that in your life?

2 thoughts on “David Platt // How to Read the Bible Practically”

  1. read the gospels.. have faith in what Jesus said.. practice it .. then read things that jesus affirms.. prophets and torah. then read gospels again.. then pauls writtings.. then revelation.. then old testament prophets again. then gospels. then Revelation again. Or just go here: www.facebook.com/jacksoniii

Leave a Reply