A divine read, sermon series

Community Covenant will begin a 12-week sermon series Jan. 10, which will be inspired by “The Divine Mentor” by Wayne Cordeiro.

Review by Susan Barnes

Divine MentorIn a nutshell, “The Divine Mentor” is designed to encourage people to study the Bible for themselves. However, Wayne Cordeiro does this in creative ways. He speaks about biblical characters as his friends and mentors who’ve taught him, warned him and encouraged him in his spiritual life.

Corderio, of course, explains why we should read the Bible for ourselves, why we should do it daily and why we should write about what we read. Yet, by using personal examples and humorous asides, he makes a well-worn topic interesting and convincing. He’s not heavy handed or legalistic, but understanding of the reasons why we get distracted from our commitment to study the Bible.

Corderio outlines a particular format, which he and his church have found helpful. It uses the acrostic S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer).

In the Scripture phase, a reading plan is provided, which is arranged to cover all the books of the Bible in a year.

In the Observation and Application phases, the thought is to choose a verse or a phrase that impressed you and spend some time writing about that verse.

Then, finally, you Pray about what you’ve written.

The format is to read for 20 minutes, write for 20 minutes, and if you’re doing this as part of a group, you then share for 20 minutes. It’s a simple format that’s easy to repeat or adapt as necessary.

Corderio’s heart is to encourage God’s people to study the Bible, not for information, but for transformation. This is an important point and one that’s clear throughout the book. It’s a very worthwhile read.

Wayne Cordeiro is the founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu. New Hope is listed as one of the top ten most innovative churches in America with “Outreach Magazine” listing it as one of the “top five churches to learn from.”

Copies of The Divine Mentor and will be sold for $11 and supporting journals will be available for $7 in Community Covenant’s lobby throughout the sermon series.