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 23:9-11 Vs 9 is a good reason why sometimes it’s good not to speak! Don’t miss how God reacts when we treat the “fatherless”, single parents, etc. (vs 10-11)
- Monday: Luke 2:22-32 Why did Jesus, the Son of God, be ‘presented to the Lord’ (vs 22)? What are meanings of “righteous” and “devout” (vs 25)? In Simeon’s blessing what is said of the Gospel influence?
- Tuesday: Luke 2:33-40 What was Mary told that Jesus would do not only for others but to Mary? Anna spoke to a selective group of people – what describes them (vs 38)? Does that give you insight into who does God reach ... work with ...?
- Wednesday: Luke 2:41-52 We are noticing “according to the custom” (vs 42; cf. vs 23). As a 12 year old, how come Jesus was so impressive in his answers: did he just intuitively know it, or was he taught, or is it something else/more? In vs 50 it says his parents ‘didn’t get it’; what then is noteworthy mentioned of Jesus in vs 51?
- Thursday: Luke 3:1-9 What do you think of JtB’s addressing people as “brood of vipers” in vs 7? What’s the difference between offensive and truthful speaking? At the expense of being nice, loving, etc. do you hesitate to speak truth boldly? Do you love enough to tell it face-to-face?
- Friday: Luke 3:10-17 How interesting in vs 10 they were not offended, how come? What is interesting about John’s answer in what was expected of them? See vs 8a for a connection
- Saturday: Luke 3:18-22 How interesting that John had an opinion on a politician’s personal life! (vs 19) – the flies in the face of Christians who say ‘the President of America is not the Pastor ...’
- Sunday: Proverbs 23:12-18
- Monday: Luke 3:23-37 Compare this to Matthew’s genealogy description. Luke traces it all the way to Adam. Why is this genealogy important?
- Tuesday: Luke 4:1-13 Notice how the Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness (vs 1). Jesus responded to each temptation by quoting Scripture ... a reminder that we should be familiar with Scripture enough to use it in every day life
- Wednesday: Luke 4:14-20 Notice how Jesus returned (vs 14)? What strikes you when you read vs 18-19 ... especially “set at liberty ... oppressed”?
- Thursday: Luke 4:21-30 What is Jesus’ point in making a statement (vs 23) and giving 2 examples (vs 24-27). They were impressed in vs 22, but get angry (vs 28) – what did Jesus say to get them upset?
- Friday: Luke 4:31-37 Jesus’ “word” was not only remarkable and amazing, it had the power to confront demonic spirits (vs 36). Are you aware for yourself the power of God’s Word in your life? See Heb 4:12, I Thess. 2:13, James 1:23-25, 2 Tim. 3:16-17
- Saturday: Luke 4:38-44 Quite a few interesting things about Jesus’ ministry, especially vs 41 – why do you think so?
January 30 - February 5
- Sunday: Proverbs 23:19-32