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 17:1-8
- Monday: Matthew 26:36-46 The Son of God was transparent and vulnerable (vs 37-38). Do you share your soul to someone? If not, why not ... Jesus could! As you read this section –what are the things Jesus prayed about? Why did Jesus pray for himself? What do you pray?
- Tuesday: Matthew 26:47-56 For the Gospel’ssake, and the fulfilment of God’s will, are their times when Christians don’t resist or fight but allow enemies of Christ do their thing? See vs 56 for a cue
- Wednesday: Matthew 26:57-68 As you read this familiar passage, meditate on it for a while. If you were around at that time ... who of these characters would you be, what would you have done?
- Thursday: Matthew 26:69-27:2 Why did you think Peter denied Jesus? Could that answer or reason be the same for you? Are you bold to the point of willing to pay the price of your own survival or some other life benefit?
- Friday: Matthew 27:3-10 Notice in vs 9, the role of Scripture! Vs 5 is a great warning –it’s not worth sacrificing your values, your soul, etc. for a worldly benefit, gain or comfort
- Saturday: Matthew 27:11-23 What can you learn by Jesus responses, or at some times the lack of it (vs 14)? Vs 19 –pray that God’s Spirit will warn you in a timely manner if you are inadvertantly going/doing wrong ...
- Sunday: Proverbs 17:9-17
- Monday: Matthew 27:24-31 Like Pilate, do you check to see which way the wind is blowing before deciding what to do (see vs 24)? Consider Jesus’ willingness to be mocked and abused –why do you think he did it? Are there times, we allow people to do the same to us?
- Tuesday: Matthew 27:32-44 When you read this familiar passage, consider placing yourself on occasion –where would you be standing, what would you be doing during this time, what are your feelings?
- Wednesday: Matthew 27:45-56 What was Jesus’ cry (vs 46) about –was it related to the physical pain or something else? Vs 55 –noteworthy that while the men ran away, the women didn’t abandon Jesus!
- Thursday: Matthew 27:57-66 When you love Jesus, are rich, and influential ... it helps –see vs 57. See also Luke 23:50-51 to discover the credibility of Joseph
- Friday: Matthew 28:1-10 Rejoice and remember to praise God after you read this captivating and uplifting passage! Maybe, find a resurrection song and sing it!
- Saturday: Matthew 28:11-20 vs 11-15, corrupt politicians working hand in glove with influential religious leaders is not a new thing. See vs 17 –interesting that “some doubted” even after seeing and worshipping Jesus!
- Sunday: Proverbs 17:18-28