If you're anything like me, you've likely made plans to be a more diligent reader of scripture. If you're really like me, those plans don't always come to fruition. Life has a way of stopping us from settling into a routine. It takes time, dedication, and a bit of faith to settle into a consistent and steady practice of reading scripture. So before we actually begin looking at Acts, we're going to prepare to undertake this study together.
begin with prayer
While it is interesting to study scripture for purely academic purposes, that's not why we're doing it. We're doing it because we believe that God might have something to teach us through the study of scripture. So before we even pick up the Bible, attend a small group, or read anything Pastor Alex has written, say a prayer. Ask God to open your heart to this journey, to surprise you with what you'll learn, and to help you keep whatever routine you develop. Whether you attend a small group, join us on Sunday morning, or read this website on your own, you'll be asked to pray a lot. If you're not much of a "pray-er" this is a great time to start.
Decide on a routine (that you can stick to)
While they'll be so many options to supplement your reading of Acts, it is all built on the premise that you're actually reading scripture. How often will you be reading, and when? Are you someone who can read right before bed, or do you fall asleep with book in hand? Would beginning your day with scripture and coffee be a refreshing change, or are mornings to hectic for your family? Here are a few ideas:
Let's talk about how to approach scripture
Settling into a routine to read scripture is one thing, but deciding what to do once we open it is another. Reading scripture can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. As we journey through Acts together, I'll use a common pattern to help you fit scripture study into your day whether you have 2 hours for a small group meeting or 5 minutes on lunch break.
Hopefully this time through Acts will reveal may different ways of approaching scripture. My prayer is that you'll find one that feels most comfortable to you.