NT Reading for week of August 21st

Here’s a great way to dig into a passage on your own. This method is best used on just a few verses, so I’ll pick a verse for each day from the chapter that is assigned. You can always pick your own if you’re drawn to another section. I first ran into this method when I was on staff with Young Life. I remember at our leadership weekend pulling away for an extended time in the Bible using this method. All of us on the weekend got a bunch out of it when we practiced it.

The method is called A-E-I-O-U. The acronym gives fives ways to interact with the text. “A” is for ask questions. Just ask as many different questions you can think of: who, what, where, when, why. “E” is for emphasize. Here you simply read the verse aloud pausing on each word to let it speak fully. With “I” rewrite the verse in your own words. “O” is for other verses. You can use a chain reference in your Bible or you may think of some that come to your mind. Finally, “U” is for use it. Find ways you can apply the things you learned. Don’t spend all your time mainly studying the first four and give “U” only a bit of time.

I’ll be commenting on what I find. I’d love to hear what you uncover too.

On Monday the 22nd read Chapter 28 and do your AEIOU on verses 19 & 20.

For Tuesday read Hebrews 1 and focus on verse 3.

Wednesday we will read Hebrews 2 and work harder on verse 17.

On Thursday read Hebrews 3 and do our new study technique on verses 12 & 13.

Finish the week on Friday with Hebrews 4 and do your AEIOU on verse 12.

5 Responses to “NT Reading for week of August 21st”
  1. Dane says:

    I went through and did my AEIOU today for Mt 28:19 & 20. It was good to focus just on a small section.

    What jumped out at me this morning was the phrase, “and teach them to obey everything I have commanded.” I’ve always been aware that as we disciple others that we must teach everything Jesus commanded. What I noticed today is that I must also encourage, help others to obey it. I am not just to teach the commands in some informational way. I am to teach and remind others and help them and myself to obey what our Lord stated.

    I also found a great place to get cross references online. http://classic.net.bible.org/bible.php?book=Mat&chapter=28&tab=xref

    • Dane says:

      Here’s my AEIOU for Hebrews 1:3. This is such a great passage about Jesus’ greatness. He is the only deal.

      What struck me today was the “O”, other verses. I looked up Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-15 and Isaiah 9:6. I particularly liked what the John text added about Jesus. Jesus, the Word was with the Father from the beginning, he was God. Then this Word became flesh. Jesus also is full of grace and truth.

      My “U” today is to rest in Christ’s strength and to enjoy how good and rich Jesus is!

  2. Tim Rich says:

    “O”–Matthew was written to the Jews, and chapter 28 gives a more detailed explanation of Jesus’ resurrection, that the stone was rolled away by an angel and Jesus was resurrected (not stolen). The Gospel of John then gives the believer a spritual view of Christ’s resurrection and his 40 days in Galilee with his disciples.
    “U” –Jesus said to the disciples at this time, “Peace be unto you, receive ye the Holy Spirit”.

    • Dane says:

      Tim here’s mine today. I enjoyed the aspect in Hebrews 2:17 that Jesus is a merciful and faithful High Priest.

      “U” Today I was to remember that Jesus is merciful and faithful towards me and all. As I experience this I want treat others with mercy and be faithful to them.

      I also found today a cool website with a short compilation of each chapter of the Bible. It is nice to get a few ideas where the text is going. http://biblia.com/reference/Heb2.2 The book is called Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the New Testament
      Brooks, Keith

      • Tim Rich says:

        I missed your comments from Hebrews 1:3 until today…I really like Hebrews 2:1: therefore–because the preceding is true. Because chapter 1 is true (or) because Christ is exalted; we should keep His words and teachings or we could forget or drift.
        There are 3 “Therefores” in Hebrews that start chapters: 2:1; 4:1 and 6:1…

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