05 Evangelii = Gospel

 

As we apply the Scriptures, we need to be able to see the Gospel in the text (Evangelii).

Where is the pattern of redemption shown, the glory of grace extended, the promise of forgiveness established, and the merit of Jesus laid upon us?

And, there’s this, too…

Most of us are...

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04 Contemplatio = Action

 

Once you’ve reflected on the chapter AND spent time praying through it, it is now time to respond to it.

(The Respond page of the Keystones includes Contemplatio, Evangelii, and Memoria.)

We begin those three with Contemplatio, that is, apply.

The truths of the Scripture need to be...

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03 Oratio = Prayer

 

After reading and discovering what the passage says, we move to prayer…

In fact, we take time to stop to pray through the whole passage (Oratio).

We might begin in several places…

What is there to be thankful for here?

How does this prompt us to worship?

Are there matters we need to...

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02 Meditatio = Meditation

 

After reading the passage (Lectio), the second step in Divine Reading (Lectio Divina) is to think through what the chapter is teaching (Meditatio).

What does it mean?.

How should it be understood?.

How should the passage be interpreted?.

Is it primarily indicative (helping us to see something) or...

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01 Lectio = Read

 

When you open the Keystones book, you’ll notice that there’s a two-page spread for each chapter of the Bible. The left side contains three Reflection steps; the right side contains three Respond steps.

Over the next few posts, we’ll discuss each of the six steps, as...

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An introduction to the Keystones

 

In the Scottish Reformed tradition, a modified version of the Medieval devotional practice of Lectio Divina, had long been practiced. This was originally a four-step approach to studying the Scriptures…

—> first, Lectio or reading.

—> second, Meditatio or thinking.

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SF 30- Thomas Chalmers’ step-by-step method to apply the New Testament

chalmers keystones podcast Jul 18, 2019

Chalmers felt-

It is not possible to maintain orthodoxy through induction. Instead, orthodoxy must naturally be deductive- rooted in the rightful elucidation of the Holy Scriptures. Herein is the first principle of ecclesiology.

So, Chalmers endeavored to expose men and women to the Word of...

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SF 29- Thomas Chalmers & how to forge a living faith

chalmers keystones podcast Jul 11, 2019

In this episode, George reintroduces us to one of his heroes in the faith, Thomas Chalmers. And, he talks about a new project on the horizon- the Keystones project.
Here’s the background…

Thomas Chalmers (March 17, 1780 – May 31, 1847) was born during a season in Scotland in...

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