Personal Spiritual Disciplines, Topical Studies

Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation:

The art of studying God’s Word

WORLDLY MEDITATION

§Empty your mind

§Desires mental passivity

 §Visualization in order to “create own reality”

 CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

§Fill your mind

§“Seeks to find truth in reality

§Requires mental activity

§Link meditation with prayer and action to see changes


Methodsof Meditation on Scripture

First, select a passage for meditation from your time in God’s Word.

Choose a verse or phrase that attracted your attention, or

Choosethe theme verse or a key verse from the passage

Repeat the verse or phrase with emphasis on a different word each time.

Whatever He says to you, do it (John 2:5).

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Rewrite the verse or phrase in your own words.

Look for applications of this text – what should you do in response to it?

Pray through the text.

Ask the Philippians 4:8 questions.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8 QUESTIONS

When meditating on an event, an experience, a thing, an encounter, etc., and especially on a story or event in Scripture, ask:

1.) What is true about this, or what truth does it exemplify?

2.) What is honorable about this?

3.) What is right about this?

4.) What is pure about this, or how does it exemplify purity?

5.) What is lovely about this?

6.) What is admirable, commendable, or reputation-strengthening about this?

7.) What is excellent about this (i.e., excels others of this kind)?

8.) What is praiseworthy about this?

Ask the “Joseph Hall” questions.

“The Joseph Hall Method”

1.What is it (define and/or describe what it is)?

2.What are its divisions or parts?

3.What causes it?

4.What does it cause, i.e., its fruits and effects?

5.What is its place, location, or use?

6.What are its qualities and attachments?

7.What is contrary, contradictory, or different to it?

8.What compares to it?

9.What are it’s titles or names?

10.What are the testimonies or examples of Scripture about it?

Discover a minimum number of insights into the text (you set the number in advance).

Find a link or common thread between all the chapters or paragraphs you’ve read.

Use Meditation Mapping

The Key Elements of “Meditation Mapping”

1. Put the verse(s), phrase, word, or topic to be meditated upon in the middle of the page. (When possible, this should be done in picture form.)

2. Allow insights, ideas, and thoughts to come quickly and freely.

3. Use key words to represent your ideas.

4. Connect your key word ideas to the central focus with lines

5. Use as few words per line as possible.

6. P-r-i-n-t all words for easier reading.

7. Use COLOR for emphasis and recall.

8. Make frequent use of symbols and pictures in addition to words.

For more information see:

ØBuzan, Tony. The
Mindmap Book. New York: Plume/Penguin, 1996.

ØWycoff, Joyce. Mindmapping. New York: Berkley,
1991.

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