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Colossians 2:7 Week 2

Have you heard of verse mapping bible study method? I started diving into this type of scripture study a few months ago and I absolutely love it. It satisfies my need for creativity and my thirst for as much knowledge as possible! It includes word definitions, scripture cross referencing, looking at different bible translations, your bible concordance and you can even dive into Greek and Hebrew words!

It truly allows for scripture to define scripture.

It's limitless and you can go as deep as you have time for. It’s fascinating how much I can get out of a short verse with this method.

For a quick breakdown, here is a format I find very helpful:

Verse Mapping:

1. Read

  • Read the passage slowly

  • Consider reading different translations

  • Choose one verse that really stands out and write it out.

2. Map (see the graphic below)

  • Highlight what stands out

  • Box context

  • Circle words to define

  • Wavy underline cross references

  • Make commentary notes [ ]

3. Summarize

  • Summarize what you learned about the verse in a few sentences. Write any other thoughts as well.

4. Apply

How can what you learned become more than knowledge?

  • Something to start doing?

  • Something to stop doing?

  • Something to pray about?

  • Something to talk about?

  • Something to think about?

5. Pray

  • Talk to God and ask him to help you apply what you learned.

So here is my map!

Couple notes:

I was BLOWN AWAY by how many times in my research the word “let” had the word “heart” closely following it in a verse!

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods.”

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭11:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:20-22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself.”

‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

More on Roots:

Transitive verb definition: to turn over, dig up, discover and bring to light!

Synonyms: cradle, fountain, (made me think of living water!) spring, well, origin

Some other verses with roots in them:

“Their [the wicked] roots will dry up, and their branches will wither.”

‭‭Job‬ ‭18:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I thought it was interesting in these two verses that “the wicked” were being addressed. That’s a category I hope I am never placed in!

I was also triggered to ‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬:

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

More on Him:

I wanted to explore some of the names of God and Who He really is, so I looked up the Hebrew names of God and pulled from that, as well as times when God made “I AM” statements. My list is far from exhaustive but gives a good snapshot of how truly amazing, powerful, and faithful He always has been and always will be!

I learned so much from this verse by mapping it out.

I love journaling about my verse maps, and returning to a verse map later and finding yet another nugget of wisdom I didn’t catch the first time. He truly has hidden treasures in secret places for us when we seek Him out through studying His Word. Praise God for the opportunity and ability to do this!

Challenge: choose a verse to map this week! It can be this one, or any other you choose!

Now let me see your verse maps! How did God speak to you through this type of verse study?

Until next week...Happy Digging!

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.

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