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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. Michael Bird if he would share his thoughts with us.
1. How do you spend your devotional time with the Lord?
Dr. Michael Bird is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry. He has written Evangelical Theology, What Christians Ought to Believe, The Gospel of the Lord, How God Became Jesus, Jesus the Eternal Son, and commentaries on Romans and Colossians and Philemon.