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Going through seminary, students are taught to study the Bible and uphold its doctrines about God while also being encouraged not to neglect their devotional times with God. Yet during my own devotional time I, and probably many others, often ask, “Is this approach the best way to grow spiritually, or is there a better way? What could I do differently? Should I incorporate my studies with my devotions?”
Each week, I ask a different scholar two questions about how he or she spends time with the Lord and continues to love him with all their mind, strength, and heart. While no one method or style is “the only way,” we can draw on one another’s experiences.
This week, I have asked Dr. Jim Hamilton if he would share his thoughts with us.
1. How do you spend your devotional time with the Lord?
I pray through our church directory and the Valley of Vision. I seek to memorize and meditate on Scripture.
2. How do you practically seek to deepen your love for Christ?
Bible. Prayer. People. Meditation on Scripture.
Dr. Jim Hamilton is the Professor of Biblical Theology at the The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jim has written God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment, What is Biblical Theology?, With the Clouds of Heaven, God’s Indwelling Presence, commentaries on Song of Songs, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Revelation, and a children’s book, The Bible’s Big Story.