LEARN: Reflect on Scripture each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings.
“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” – John 14:23
Grant us so to hear [the Holy Scriptures], read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them. – Book of Common Prayer, 236
By reading and reflecting on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God’s word dwells in us. When we open our minds and hearts to Scripture, we learn to see God’s story and God’s activity in everyday life.
For Reflection and Discernment
- What ways of reflecting on Scripture are most life-giving for you?
- When will (or do) you set aside time to read and reflect on Scripture in your day?
- With whom will you share in the commitment to read and reflect on Scripture?
Additional resources for practicing Learn
Pilgrim: The Bible – Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, Paula Gooder, Robert Atwell, and Sharon Ely Pearson
What is the Bible, how was it given to us, and how should we read it? These six sessions combine simple prayer, Bible reflection in the lectio divina style, an article by a modern writer, and time for questions and reflection.
Age: Young Adult / Adult
The Path: A Journey through the Bible
The Path is the story of the Bible, told as a 360-degree overview of the vast, sweeping story of God’s extraordinary love for ordinary people.
Age: Young Adult / Adult / Families
A Word to Live By – Lauren F. Winner
Lauren Winner introduces the story behind the Scriptures and invites readers to engage the Word of God with curiosity and confidence. Includes questions for study groups.
Age: Young Adult / Adult
Living Well: Reading the Bible – John Roberto, editor
This downloadable chapter of “Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life” focuses on the Bible. For adults, parents, and families.
Age: Children / Youth
Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church, 2nd ed. – Barbara A. Holmes
Explore the ways and contemplative experience built into African American collective worship and also the legacy of African monasticism and unique meditative worship practices.
Bible Challenge – Marek Zabriske
This campaign gets people reading and applying the Bible in their everyday life.
The Word Is Very Near You: A Guide to Praying with Scripture – Martin Smith
Ideal for groups engaged in Bible study, prayer and discernment.
Good Book Club
This Forward Movement initiative welcomes organizations of all kinds to gather and equip Episcopalians to read a particular book of the Bible throughout a season.
Our Bible app – Crystal Cheatham
An LGBT-affirming bible app that seeks to “uplift ALL believers”
Dwelling in the Word – Pat Taylor Ellison
This simple scripture reading practice helps readers to discern God’s call and to grow in relationship to God through the word.
The Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist
Note that chapters 19, 20 and 41 are especially rich for contemplating scripture, preaching and maturing the mind in Christ.