Those of you that have read my posts about how I like to do a quiet time might be surprised to learn that I just started working on a new Bible study, The Mind of Christ. It’s being given at my church and the study is led by Melana Hunt Monroe and her father, T.W. Hunt, who just happens to be the guy that wrote the book.
I’m excited about the study, but this isn’t really going to change my quiet times. I’m still going to use my Scripture Unfiltered doc and a Bible reading plan to meditate on God’s Word during my quiet times, furthering my relationship with Him. But, for me, doing a study out of a workbook like The Mind of Christ has more of an intellectual aspect to it since it will involve learning new information and organizing it in my mind. Undoubtedly it will be time spent meditating on Scripture and my relationship with God will grow as a result of it, but it will be more in-depth than simply reading and responding to Scripture. Also, it will take more time, so I won’t do the in-depth Bible study every day.
I’m also looking forward to the small group discussions. We had our first small group meeting this week, and I was blown away by the diversity of backgrounds and intelligence of the participants. And the humor! Seriously, there were several times that I was cracking up. Loved it.
And it was no small matter to have T.W. and Melana leading the group. T.W. (yes, he wants to be called that) talked about how it came about that he started studying the topic of the mind of Christ. The story involved the fact that he’d memorized the book of James and would meditate on it. He said it in such a matter-of-fact way, as if we all do that. And here I am stressing about memorizing a couple of verses every other week!
Seeing father and daughter in action, listening to their words and hearts, I was reminded of Hebrews 4:12 and knew that the Word of God is living and active in their lives.
I want that to be true of my life, too.