Rhythms Podcast with Dr. Jerry Tallo
"In the Bible God gives us revelations of himself which lead us to worship; promises of salvation which stimulate our faith; and commandments expressing his will which demand our obedience." John Stott
When you read the word, and have no feeling of interest or blessing, read it yet again in faith. The word will work and bring blessing; “the word works in those that believe.” When you feel no love, believe in the love of Jesus, and say in faith that He knows that you still love Him. When you have no feeling of gladness, believe in the inexpressible joy that there is in Jesus for you. Faith is blessedness, and will give joy to those who are not concerned about the self-sufficiency that springs from joy, but about the glorification of God that springs from faith. Jesus will surely fulfill His word: “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” “Said I not unto you that, if you believed, you should see the glory of God?”Andrew Murray
The word of God is plain in itself; if there is any obscurity in one place, the Holy Ghost, who is never contrary to himself, explains it more clearly in other places, so that there can remain no doubt, but unto such as are obstinately ignorant. John Knox
“The Bible is divine revelation. God’s own word to us. It reveals who God is, who we are and why we are here.” Adele Calhoun
“Immersing yourself in the story which has Jesus at its centre and its culmination.” Tim Mackie
"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16–17(ESV)
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
1 Timothy 4:13 (ESV)
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:130 (ESV)
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:12–13 (ESV)
You might want to ask each other some of the following questions:
- Where have you seen God at work in your life in the past week/month?
- How did you experience God’s presence through your rhythms?
- How have you been shaped by the rhythms?
- What differences did the rhythms make to those around you?
- What is the Spirit stirring and wanting to grow in you in this season?
- What unhealthy rhythms or habits have you adopted and what practices will help you refocus on Jesus?
- What is one thing you like about reading scripture and why?
- What has been an obstacle to getting into scripture?
- What is one thing you learned about scripture this week? After listening to the rhythm podcast what was new to you or what changed your view?
- How do you think this practice of scripture will help you follow Jesus?
- What is a small way this week you can incorporate this rhythm in your life?
- What way can the group help you practice this rhythm?
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