Why the Discipline of Study?
There are two ‘books’ to be studied; verbal and nonverbal. Under verbal category, the obvious sources of study are books and other writings. [For Christian, studying the Bible is our first priority; not to gain amass information but to be changed by it.] Reading a book and studying a book is different thing. Reading is not necessary studying. But studying requires reading and more; it involves understanding the book (what is the author saying?), interpreting the book (what does the author mean?), evaluating the book (is the author is right or wrong?). But there are more… more; we need aids of experience (way we can interpret and relate to what we read), other books (such as dictionaries, commentaries, and other interpretative literature) and live discussion (interactions).
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4 Steps of Study
Richard Foster explained that study involves four steps (summaries mine):
RepetitionRepetition channels the mind in a specific direction regularly, thus forming ingrained habits, and even changing old habits.
ConcentrationConcentration centre the mind and focuses attention. We live in a world that is full of distractions and so it is difficult to focus and concentrate on one thing, but if we do, it will lead us to understanding which is the next step.
ComprehensionComprehension focuses on the knowledge of truth. When we suddenly move from repetition to comprehension it is a lot like a bolt of lightning. That kind of understanding of the truth catapults us to a new level of growth and freedom.
ReflectionUnderstanding leads to insight and discernment, upon which we reflect. This allows us to see things from God's perspective. We may even come to understand ourselves and God's purpose for us more clearly.