I do that all the time. Studying randomly that is. If for any reason I feel like i'm reading for the sake of reading and not getting anything out of it, i'll try to find something that jumps out at me. I don't like to have unproductive time when I study. I noticed that we can also go to far in being random too. We don't want to start reading verses and disregarding the context. I'll stay within a book, and sometimes, if i'm very familiar with that book, I may break it down and just work in specific areas. This has worked well for me so far.I just got back from a Student Life Camp a couple of days ago. And I have been reading the bible every night since then. Anyways I have just been turning to any random page, and just reading a chapter from it, or something that interests me in it.
I'm glad that you see the importance of using hermeneutic principles with the word studies. A biblical historical perspective helps a lot, but also takes some time, at least for me it did/is. Understanding the cultures in their time is also important. I realised just how important once when I studies the book of Amos. I had read it many times and thought I knew it well, but when I listened to some sermons that really dove into the culture and history behind the time and setting of Amos, it made that book come alive for me. I couldn't believe how much that I missed without it.I usually do a word study or compare scripture with scripture to make sure my conclusion is true. You know Christ spoke in parables, as I read historical events in the old testaments and I look for spiritual understanding through the physical events that had taken place in the bible.
I often work from Macarthurs sermons, and then use the NT commentaries along with my study Bible. There are very few pastors that I feel safe with. Macarthur is obviously one of them. I like Alistair Begg also.I get a particular bible study from the book store and go at that way. (Some are designed by the book or topic). Make sure the maker of the study is Biblically sound, when in doubt ask your pastor or another church leader.
I'm glad you're reading to your children every night. I'm curious how you feel about childrens bibles for the real young ones. Do you stay away from that stuff?I go through the Old and the New, one chapter at a time, with my children. Then I read alone before bed, focusing more on a specific book that I am studying through.
Nothing fancy here.
A quote from the link provided:I just read al ittle every night and consult a good commentary.(ex. Navarre)
I'm going to try Lectio Divina(see post above)
I had just recently listened to a sermon in my truck and was getting bits and pieces from it (you know how that goes). Anyways the one part of the sermon mentioned that it was a sin to read scripture flippantly, that we are supposed to read God's word carefully. Just when he was giving the verse the radio (AM) faded out and I've been going nuts trying to find that verse. The sermon was a trusted pastor but I don't remember who. I only know that if he wasn't trustworthy, I wouldn't be listening to him in the first place. Maybe some one can help out. I catch myself reading carelessly sometimes, and try to do what I can not to do that.I was curious as to whether or not anyone else has attempted such a practice and if they also found it to be fruitful in their discovery of the Scriptures?"
Dave, I started reading to them out of my KJV because it is so beautiful, and I wanted them to be trained to hear, and sit, during the Word. I have been doing it with them since they were little. Now, they are the ones grabbing the Bible and calling me to come in...they truly enjoy it. I do too.I'm glad you're reading to your children every night. I'm curious how you feel about childrens bibles for the real young ones. Do you stay away from that stuff?
That's good. I always wondered how people felt about using the KJV or even the NKJV with the very young ones. I guess that they do a lot better than most would think they would.Dave, I started reading to them out of my KJV because it is so beautiful, and I wanted them to be trained to hear, and sit, during the Word. I have been doing it with them since they were little. Now, they are the ones grabbing the Bible and calling me to come in...they truly enjoy it. I do too.
Very important to eventually test everything to all of God's word.I use all scripture