Resonance is the effect that sound waves have on the physical world around them. For example, while extremely rare, a professionally trained opera singer actually can break a glass under the right conditions simply by the power her voice. Or, when certain scientific instruments are used to pair the resonance of sound with an element like salt, the result is that the salt particles arrange themselves into beautiful patterns that mirror the waves.
The Bible has the potential to produce resonate effect on the life of a believer. The more we allow the word of God to sink into our hearts and dwell in our minds, the more it begins to transform our very being from the inside out. We can become the glass or the salt particles which are formed and shaped by the waves, rhythms, and themes of the text.
Now, this doesn’t happen automatically. While God’s word is written for all, it never forces its way in. The word awaits fertile soul. Paul writes these words in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”
What exactly did Paul praise this church for? It wasn’t a particular way of living, but a particular way of hearing. They received the word of God with a posture of receptivity and humility. They heard the word in such a way that it was “at work in you.” In other words, it resonated.
The Bible Resonance Experiment is a six-stage journey designed to let scripture seep deeper into your heart, soul, mind, and strength than it ever has before. The first two stages are to be completed in January, and the rest will each take one month to work on. The whole project will culminate in a capstone church wide event later in May 2023.