This summer we will be preaching on Jesus’ invitation to live a life of abundance (John 10:10). To help you go deeper we have provided a daily reading schedule that leads you through the gospel of John. We chose this gospel because the theme of “life” shows up 47 different times. John envisions salvation to be more than just forgiveness. We are not just saved from something we are saved to something. Jesus came that we may experience new life.
We’ve intentionally broken the text into smaller sections so that you have space to reflect. You can download and print a copy of this guide here. We’d invite you to consider the following meditative approach to reading scripture:
Set aside about 30 minutes for this entire process to unfold. Find a place that is restful and not distracting. Spend a minute or two just relaxing. Take some deep breaths. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you in the reading of the word.
Read the passage through, one time, slowly. Take notice of whatever captures your attention in the passage. Spend some time in silent reflection. If it is helpful you might write out some key words or phrases from the text.
Read through the passage again slowly. Don’t feel like you have to reread the entire text – you may focus in on a section that stands out to you. For this step spend time reflecting on how this text speaks to your life. Journal your thoughts if it is helpful.
Enter into a conversation with God. What do you want to say to God in light of this text? How is God inviting you to respond? You may praise, lament, voice concerns, confess, ask for clarity etc.
This is a time to rest and relax in the presence of God. Sometimes this step is simply a time to be silent before God for a couple of minutes. You might consider what personal invitation Christ has for you to receive and rest in.
Here are the daily readings.