How to Use the OTD Military Edition
This devotional guide is designed to both take you on a journey of a book-by-book study through the New Testament and to help you develop your own personal Bible study skills through daily reading in God’s Word. Whether you’re an Enlisted or Officer rank, whether this is your first time reading the Bible or you have read it for years, whether you are a new Christian or one who has been saved and in the Word for a long time, OnTrack will meet you where you are at.
Here’s a quick overview of this resource and how to use it:
Each month begins with two activity pages that will help you connect your Bible study to other things God is doing in your life. The first page is the Prayer Sheet which focuses on your relationships and your specific prayer requests. The second is the Commitment Sheet which allows you to set some targets for spiritual growth planning each month. While these are great on their own, they are more powerful in an accountability or small group setting.
Daily Devotional Pages
Each daily devo page walks through the same process of reading and interaction designed to help you build both Bible study skill and discipline your approach to Scripture. Some days have a little more “help” in the question element, while others stretch you to design your own questions from the text.
- Step 1: Read the passage of Scripture in the header bar. Always start with what God says, not what the author says!
- Step 2: Read the devotional thought on the outside pane of the page. It will help frame your mind toward the interactive questions.
- Step 3: Interact with the questions. MOTD uses four questions to help you dig into the Scripture…
- Say What? (Observation): Who, what, when, where, why and how are the key questions. The goal is to wrap your mind around what is being said to whom… Context is key!
- So What? (Interpretation): This is where you begin to evaluate the main ideas of the passage and sort out the key principles it addresses. God put the passage there for a reason. What do you think it is?
- Now What? (Application): Once you sort out key principles, figure out how they apply to your life. What do they look like in your skin? What is happening in your life that those principles speak to?
- Then What? (Strategy): This is the kicker. What are you going to do about what you learned from the text? It’s commitment time.
Start From Point A
We are all at different points in our walk with God and with our skill in reading His Word. That’s a good thing! If you are just starting out or if you still need to stretch to get through all of the questions, that’s great. Do as much as you can. Write down or mark the questions that stump you. Ask a friend for some input or march on over to the chaplain and get some insight. Better yet, get involved with a small group that meets regularly to discuss the Bible and bounce your questions around there. Anything worth doing takes a bit of work.