Bible Reading Plan

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. 

For a more mobile friendly view of the daily readings, try our new site at https://app.nvbc.net, still a work in progress.

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.  During each 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.

“Corinth was located in a flourishing area in Greece. Being a Roman colony, and an upscale city, it attracted the intellectual and the powerful with conflicting values. Into this milieu a church was birthed by Paul with the help of Priscilla and Aquila. Quite similar to our times, the church soon started to have problems that led to conflicts - often imitating the world. Paul was compelled to write and confront the church. We shall learn from these writings”

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?

April 14-20

  • Sunday: Psalm 73  “… I am continually with you; you hold my right hand”
  • Monday: 2 Corinthians 10:7-12  For those criticizing Paul, he response argument is ‘if you are confident of your position in Christ, so also can I’. That cuts both ways – as much we have a right to our position (s), so do others.
  • Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 10:13-18  Paul draws boundaries on how much / to what extent he opines – within what God has entrusted. Moreover, he ends on a sober note – at the end of the day it’s not what we say of ourselves, or what others say … it’s “whom the Lord commends” (vs 18)
  • Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 11:1-6  Paul addresses those “super-apostles” who are preaching “another Jesus”, “different gospel” and states that they are deceiving and misleading people. Much like today! Just because a preacher is impressive, has a large congregation, and preaches an appealing message, doesn’t mean that it is the true Gospel. [it doesn’t imply that large churches, impressive preachers, etc. are all shams]. It needs to be checked out with Scripture!
  • Thursday: 2 Corinthians 11:7-15  Paul doesn’t hesitate to call out fraudsters (within the church) – he says they are false, deceitful, etc. It is proper and right for us, Christians, to call out wrong doctrine, sin, and fraudsters
  • Friday: 2 Corinthians 11:16-32  Continuing in his in his defense that he’s not making money off the ministry (vs 7-9), he lists the afflictions he has gone through. Though this might seem like boasting, he confesses of his weakness, anxiety, etc. while going through these.
  • Saturday: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10  Still justifying his credibility in Christ, he tells them of how he had a vision (vs 2f), but caps it by referencing a ‘thorn in the flesh’ (something personal) that God didn’t take away … and teaches us how to be “content in our weaknesses” (vs 10)

April 21-27

  • Sunday: Psalm 74  verse 11 - “Yet God my King is from of old working salvation …”
  • Monday: 2 Corinthians 12:11-18  Outside of the outward manifestations of ministry as a “true apostle”, Paul declares he was not a financial burden to them. Money and ministry are strange bedfellows.
  • Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 12:19-21  Till now Paul has been defending his ministry and integrity, almost to the point of seeming bragging; here, he modestly confesses that when they meet … they both might be disappointed in the other … and prays that God humbles him
  • Wednesday: Acts 18:1-11  The way it all started for Paul and the church at Corinth. When Paul lands in Corinth, he becomes part of the life there – working (vs 3), participated in the existing religious structure (vs 4), and networking with other Christ followers.
  • Thursday: Acts 18:12-26  How wonderful when God is able to use pagans to thwart the efforts of ‘Christian hypocrites! In this case, the Jews were attacking Paul and brought him before Gallio, the tribunal. He dismissed their charges by stating that they were quibbling over words, etc. Interestingly, the tables are turned in vs 17!
  • Friday: 2 Corinthians 13:1-4  As a pre-warning before his 3rd visit, Paul establishes that the discipline of a person should have “two or three witnesses”. Sin in the life of a Christian, in the Body of Christ, is serious.
  • Saturday: 2 Corinthians 13:5-14  “Examine yourself …”, “Test yourselves …” to see if “Jesus Christ is in you?” (vs 5). If found to fail, Paul’s encouragement is for ‘restoration’ (vs 11). Notice the commands in vs 11 – a good list for believers to practice at NVBC.

April 28 - May 4

May 5-11