As ministry leaders, we’re meant to live out of the Scriptures. Or perhaps it’s better to say that we’re to live in the Scriptures, then live them out.
I appreciate how Dr. Ken Boa defines encounters with Scripture. He says, “When I think of ‘encounter with Scripture,’ I’m thinking about showing up before God with an open heart and with an open Bible and expecting that He is going to really open something to you. You may not feel anything; it may not be something palpable, but my view about the matter is that you’re putting yourself in a greenhouse, as it were, for growth.”
Ken describes four dynamics that are essential parts of our encounters with Scripture:
- Knowing the text. This comes from reading the portion of Scripture.
- Understanding the text. This is the fruit of prayerful study.
- Experiencing the text. Ken calls this “chewing on the text.”
- Applying the text. That’s where you take knowledge and apply it to real life situations in person-specific and situation-specific ways. Application is the dynamic that Scripture itself stresses the most.
What could be more important for our spiritual health as leaders than encounters with God in His Word?
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About Michael Stickler
Mike is an author, radio host, and a highly sought after motivational speaker. His best-selling book, A Journey to Generosity, is widely acclaimed throughout the Christian community. Mike Stickler is the founder of The Vision Group, LTD. This organization offers ministries and nonprofit foundations a Christian perspective in overcoming the challenges of raising funds.
Over the course of his career, Mike has published over forty books that have made a difference through thousands of churches, nonprofits and foundations as they serve the world.