Podcast #165: “Your Love Is Strong” by Jon Foreman

Approaching Matthew 6 in Your Own Words

You know you “own” the story when you can tell it and re-tell it in your own words and not lose the meaning. This is what Jon Foreman’s song “Your Love Is Strong” inspired me to do with Scripture this week. Not only that, but it sent me straight to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and a very special model for prayer.

Let’s not waste any time jumping right into Matthew 5-7!

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Context
    • Read in a variety of translations
    • Write out Scripture in your own words
  • The lyrics in the song, “So why do I worry? Why do I freak out?” as it relates to Matthew 6:25-34
  • An example using Psalm 8:1 where I rewrote it using my own words and my friend Teri rewrote it in her own words
  • Comparing a portion of Matthew 6 in the English Standard Version and in The Message – Matthew 6:5-13
  • Using my own words as I wrote out the Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13

 

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If you have never heard this song before, you can listen to the official audio on YouTube below.

Additional Resources

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This Week’s Challenge

Read the entire Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in four different versions. Perhaps read the sermon once a day for four days — I recommend the English Standard Version, New Living Translation, New American Standard Bible, and The Message. Then pick a section of the sermon and write it out using your own words — feel free to get personal and specific. You will find at the end of this challenge, you will really “own” this section of Scripture.

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