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. 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.
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 30:1-6
- Monday: Acts 21:40 - 22:11 Why does Paul address the crowd in Hebrew? In 21:37 Paul seems to have spoken in Greek to the tribune – why Greek? What is a principle that we can glean in how Paul approaches people?
- Tuesday: Acts 22:12-21 Why is Paul narrating his conversion testimony to a mob who is ready to kill him? Why not preach a sermon? Your testimony is significant ... don’t underestimate it; use it, share it!
- Wednesday: Acts 22:22-30 ‘Timing is everything’ – why does Paul declare his Roman citizenship after “they had stretched him out for the whips”?
- Thursday: Acts 23:1-22 What do you think about Paul’s tactic in vs 6? Note vs 11 – why was God allowing this devout and dedicated child/servant of his to be persecuted, shamed, abused? Paul’s nephew plays a critical role – used by God. Notice the twists and turns ... by itself, it may not make complete sense but yet it fits the big plan of God
- Friday: Acts 23:23-35 Paul’s case gets elevated because of the danger level and his Roman citizenship. Had not Paul been told by the Spirit of what was to happen to him at Jerusalem, how easy to misinterpret that this is headed in a good direction.
- Saturday: Acts 24:1-21 You have a pagan Roman political system, and Felix who reigned in one of the most chaotic times: then why does Tertullus, a representative of the accusers speak the way he does in vs 2-3? Religious establishment and political powers are often strange collaborators of things that usually don’t end up well ..
September 26 - October 1
- Sunday: Proverbs 30:7-10
- Monday: Acts 24:22-27 What do you think of this encounter between Felix and Paul? What circumstances led to this? When there are challenging circumstances, do you see it as an opportunity ... for the Gospel?
- Tuesday: Acts 25:1-12 What do you make of Paul’s response in vs 11 – “I do not seek to escape death”? Consider that in light of the fact that most of us try to avoid suffering, persecution, death.
- Wednesday: Acts 25:13-27 Paul is now before King Agrippa – note the private conversations between him and Festus, two politicians at work! If you were Paul, wouldn’t all of this be frustrating? What do you expect God to be doing?
- Thursday: Acts 26:1-11 Paul’s defense is his own testimony! It was not theology or a thesis, an apologetic and rational defense, a lawyer’s argument. How does this translate to our lives today?
- Friday: Acts 26:12-23 vs 23 – the Gospel of Jesus always has an appeal and offer!
- Saturday: Acts 26:24-32 vs 27! Festus throws a curve ball in vs 24, but Paul redirects the conversation to Agrippa and directly challenges the King! Notice when the odds are against Paul, the proclamation of the Gospel is his only focus and concern.
- Sunday: Proverbs 30:11-14
- Monday: Acts 27:1-12
- Tuesday: Acts 27:13-26
- Wednesday: Acts 27:27-38
- Thursday: Acts 27:39-44
- Friday: Acts 28:1-16
- Saturday: Acts 28:17-31