A Personal Guidebook on How to Reap a Harvest from the Scripture
Getting The Field Prepared
The Preparation Needed for the Word—James 1:19-25.
The Process to Follow—James 1:21b-25.
Planting The Field
R- Read and record the passage—James 1:22.
The first thing we should do is read the passage many times, e.g., 1 John every day for 30 days. After you have done this, record the verses or paragraph in the first column of the REAPP worksheet.
The pencil is one of our best tools in the planting phase, because writing the verse out forces us to look at each word and phrase.
Once the verse is written, check to see if you copied it correctly. Did you put in all the words and the punctuation?
Now we are ready to take out our magnifying glass and look closely at what we have written. Here's what we should look for:
E-Emphasize the key words of the passage.
Key words that need further study
When you see one, put a little key around or above it so you will remember to come back there for further study, e.g., definitions, cross-references.
Words that connect
These are the important bridges in any verse or paragraph. Often the whole verse or paragraph swings on the hinge of a connective. They are extremely important, so let's put a around each one, and in the future, let's CAPITALIZE the word.
The following are the connectives we should look for:
Repeated words are often clues to us that the author is emphasizing a certain subject or truth. By noting the repeated words, we are alerted to that fact.
Repeated words often tell us that paragraphs are linked together, because the same words are used in both. When you see repeated words in a verse, paragraph, chapter, or section of Scripture, put a around them.
Composition clues to look for
Comparisons/contrasts. The contrast or comparison between thoughts, actions, persons, should be observed. Once the following important connectives are found, draw an arrow to the items compared or contrasted.
Lists, series. This is a series of ideas, commands, characteristics. It may be a progression to the highest point of concern—a climax. (In this case, number each one in order and put a circle around the number.)
Conditions. This is often the requirement, the terms, the prerequisite, of a promise or command.
Questions. Circle all question marks.
Illustrations. Put a box around .
Warnings. Put a W with a circle around it , beside each instance.
Promises. Put a P with a circle around it , beside each promise.
Commands. Put a C with a circle around it , beside each command.
Advice. Put an A with a circle around it , beside advice.
A- Ask Primary QuestionsWhere? (Place). Where is the location? Where are the events taking place?
When? (Time). When was it written? When will it happen? When should I obey?
Who or Whom? (Audience). Who are the individuals in the passage? The writer and the audience?
How? (Means). How did he/she do it? How will the action be fulfilled? How are the ideas connected? (Look for methods, steps.)
What? (Nature). What do I see? What is the basic thought? What is not said?
Why? (Purpose). Why was it said? (Look for reasons and purposes.)
Harvesting and Interpreting
P-Personalize your findings.
Ask the following questions:Before/After Questions:
Personal Questions: How does this apply to me?
P-Pray through your findings.
After you have seen the answer to the questions from the SPACE PETS acrostic, it is necessary that you apply your applications as soon as possible. One necessary element in the application of Scripture is prayer.
If we do what the Scriptures say, we are assured from James 1 of several promises.
Application of scripture will
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- Intro: Eagle Flight to Higher Heights
- Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines
- Journal Writing
- A Spiritual Checkup
- A Worship, Prayer & Listening Experience
- The REAPER
- The Garden of Prayer
- Our Pattern Prayer
- How to Pray Persistently
- A Person, Not a Procedure
- How to Spend an Hour In Prayer
- How To Spend a Day In Prayer
- Time Out with God: Meditation
- You Can Memorize Scripture
- The Adjustment of Fasting
- Planting a Garden of Praise
- Prayer Training