We all know disciples of Jesus need to be able to study the Bible on their own, but how do we teach them? Do we spoon feed them for years with the hopes they will eventually be able to read and apply God’s word to their lives, or do we do something more intentional? We would argue the latter.
Today on this episode, we are going to talk about teaching something called the Cross Bible Study to the people we disciple. I hope you find it helpful. I know I did when it was first taught to me by Jim Millard.
Below you’ll see a picture of a sample Cross Bible Study. You don’t have to do it exactly as I do, but it will at least give you an idea.
I like to write out the passage reference and the date, followed by drawing the cross and numbering it to remind me to follow each step with Jesus.
Next, I’ll go to step 1 and pray. Then I will make a conscious effort to read with Jesus.
After I read the passage once, I will put a number 2) on my paper followed by a letter A). I will prayerfully write out 3-5 questions (lettering them A-E) while asking Jesus to help me with the questions. Then I will consider the questions with Jesus.
After I have answered all the questions, I will write 3) JESUS – “James, ”
I will pause and listen to Jesus. Sometimes I hear easily and sometimes I do not. On my best days, I listen quietly. If I do not feel like I am hearing anything from Jesus, then I will go to phase 2 of listening. I will imagine Jesus is sitting across the table from me, and I will imagine what He would say to me out of the passage. To me, this is a way of building up my listening muscle or perhaps is another way of listening. Whatever I hear I will write as accurately as I can.
Lastly, I will write a 4) and respond with how I will obey, or respond to God in some other way depending on what I heard.
I hope you find this helpful. Let me know.
For story framework the website I mention on the podcast is Historycloth.com.