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Read: John 10: 27 - 28, NLT
Contributor: Carolyn Sinclair McCalla
Happy October Be-Held Woman!

This season we focus on putting Christ back in wellness. For 10 months we will explore what it means to be well from a Christ-centered and biblical perspective. Get ready to learn about God's design for our spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, social, vocational, and financial wellness. For October, we will focus on spiritual wellness. 

We are spiritually well when we have a clear sense of our God-given purpose and a biblically rooted conviction about our personal significance to God and the world. 
Being spiritually well is founded on right relationship with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, and an ability to hear and respond to the voice of God. That's why
we kickstart our focus on biblical literacy with an invitation to READ Scripture through the lens of Jesus' character. 

What does it mean to read through the lens of Jesus' character? It means to consider, as you read all of Scripture, how Jesus Christ would have read it given who He is. In other words, this is about hearing the voice of God read the Word of God.

Firstly, this approach to reading Scripture encourages us to ask the following questions as we read:
  1. What is God like?
  2. Given God's character, what would His attitude towards His audience (initial and present-day) be?
  3. Given God's character, what would His attitude towards the topic be?
  4. Given God's character, what would His hope be in communicating this message to His audience (initial and present-day)?

Secondly, when we read silently, we often hear an internal voice. A way to surface AND align our perceptions of God's attitude towards the initial audience, ourselves, and the topic is to READ Scripture aloud. This we should do after considering the questions above.

Listen to Graham Cooke's explanation, in the video below, of the significance of this approach to begin forming your own understanding of why this practice is important in your day-to-day life.

PRACTICE with this month's focus Scripture, John 10: 27 - 28. 
On July 29, 2017, Graham Cooke answers the questions,
  1. What does the Voice of God sound like?
  2. How do you hear it?
Heart to Heart Questions 
(We'd love to hear from you! You can use these questions for personal reflection on this week's devotional and to engage in discussion in our community. With your permission, we'll feature select responses that add to our understanding of this month's topic so we can all grow together. Just click on the "Heart to Heart" button to share your thoughts!)
We always welcome relevant resources from you, which we can share for the benefit of the entire community.
If you are just joining us this year, or if you'd like to practice and review the biblical literacy principles explored last season, click the links below:
Last season, we explored the following *principles:
  1. The Literal Principle
  2. The Historical Principle
  3. The Contextual Principle
  4. The Compatibility Principle
  5. The Grammatical Principle
  6. The Christological Principle
*Click the links to participate in a guided practice of each of these principles.

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