We invite you to join us in reading through the entire Bible together. We're not trying to complete it in a limited time frame like a month or a year; but rather, we want to create a habit (or discipline) of getting to know God's heart through what He's told us about Himself.
This year, we are doing something a little different. Instead of just reading through a chapter or two a day, we want to slow down and help Scripture remain with us, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us from it, more clearly throughout the day and week. We will continue reading through the Psalms on the weekends; but during the week, we encourage you to not only read the passage, but write it down as well. The act of writing will help you think about each word, and will help you remember the verses longer. Questions and cross-references will be available in the weekly bulletin, which can be downloaded from the Streaming page.
When reading, ask yourself the following questions:
- What does it say about God?
- What does it say to/about me?
- What can I learn from this reading?
- Sunday:Proverbs 15:22-27
- Monday: Matthew 19:1-12 What is the significance of vs 8? What is God trying to establish in the marriage covenant by drawing the boundaries in divorce, and/or remarriage after a wrongful divorce (vs 9)?
- Tuesday: Matthew 19:13-15, 18:1-6 Is this passage about “children” or us having ‘childlike qualities’, or both? What is your attitude to other peoples’ children? Does their childishness, misbehavior, etc. annoy you? Are you fascinated and intrigued by children or don’t you pay attention? Do you engage with little children ... talk to them?
- Wednesday: Matthew 19:16-22 Do you think this man was genuine? What does vs 20 “What do I still lack?” say about him?What are your thoughts on vs 22?
- Thursday: Matthew 19:23-30 In vs 26, what does Jesus mean that was impossible with man is possible with God –what is that referring to?
- Friday: Matthew 20:1-16 What is the lesson about God in this parable? Isn’t this unfair that those who worked harder and longer got the same wage as those that came late? Vs 15 hints at the answer.
- Saturday: Matthew 20:17-19 In how Jesus shared it and with whom, what is the significance of this? Refer to 16: 21-23, especially Peter’s reaction.
- Sunday: Proverbs 15:28-33
- Monday: Matthew 20:20-28 Do you have unreasonable requests of God? What do you learn from Jesus’ response? How well do you serve others? [the best way to answer that is by considering specific people that you are serving ...or else you might think having a heart is enough]
- Tuesday: Matthew 20:29-34 What is the significance of Jesus being addressed as “Son of David”? Why do you think Jesus asked the question (even though Jesus knows everything)? Jesus had pity (vs 34) –do you have pity for others ... especially those suffering, helpless?
- Wednesday: Matthew 21:1-11 Notice the similarity between 20:30 and 21:9 in how Jesus was addressed! What do you think led to such a great crowd exalting Jesus in what is worship? The answer lies in vs. 5 (cf. Isaiah 62:11) ... [Fill in the blanks –P_______ was being fulfilled]
- Thursday: Matthew 21:12-17 What’s happening to Jesus! A side of Jesus both emotionally and in action that we often don’t consider. This is a classic example of ‘being angry and not sinning’ (Eph 4:26)
- Friday: Matthew 21:18-22 Why did Jesus curse the fig tree (he could have performed a miracle by making figs sprout)? What was the lesson taught?
- Saturday: Matthew 21:23-27 What was the stumbling point for the priests and elders (vs 23). Isn’t it interesting, today the same issue is confronted by Jesus followers! When there are competing viewpoints, you will come in conflict with Jesus’ authority (i.e. the Word of God).
- Sunday: Proverbs 16:1-7
- Monday: Matthew 21:28-33 There is great danger in acknowledging, agreeing, etc. with the things of God wholeheartedly but never acting on it
- Tuesday: Matthew 21:34-46 What is the significance of vs 43? It should be noted that Scripture reminds us of God’s expectation of us, in us, to produce fruits (cf. 21: 18-22)
- Wednesday: Matthew 22:1-14 Notice the heart of God to go seeking the ones that you don’t expect at the table! Cf. 21:32. See vs 9-10. If the heart of God is one of ‘search and rescue’, how does it show up in your life?
- Thursday: Matthew 22:15-22 The Jews were already paying high taxes. Rather than criticize a corrupt Roman system, notice how Jesus casually comments recommends an easy solution
- Friday: Matthew 22:23-33 The Sadducees and Pharisees had a lot of questions and concerns over inconsequential, often imaginary problems ... with the purpose to look smart or trap Jesus. Do you waste time getting involved in issues, problems, controversies?
- Saturday: Matthew 22:34-46 Consider examples, specifics to answer the question: how am I doing in (a) loving God, and (b) loving others?
June 27 - July 3
- Sunday: Proverbs 16:8-15