Haggai is the second shortest book in the Old Testament and 3rd from the end. It was written to the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity. They had grown complacent in their faith and obedience to God and were more self centered than God centered. They spent more time and money building their own homes than they did building God’s home, the temple.
Haggai writes to say, “Consider your ways!” What an important and needed thing for us to do at the beginning of 2016, and especially in American Christianity. Consider your ways! Are you more God-centered or self-centered? Consider you time! Do you spend more time on God, others, or yourself? Consider your thoughts! What do you think about most during the day? Does God even get any thoughts? Consider your money! What does your spending tell you about what you care about most? There are so many places to apply this command to our lives. However, we must make sure we never start doing these things out of guilt or hopes of earning something from God. We can never earn something from God. He has already given us everything we need for life and salvation, Jesus. Anything we do for him in response to that gift is simply worship!
Bible Reading Plan
We have created a bible reading plan for our sermon series through the book of Haggai that will hopefully help you immerse yourself in this time period of the bible and the great truths that it has to offer! We hope you will read along with us as a church and use this common reading as a way to disciple one another inside and outside the church.
It is a 6 days/week bible reading plan that gives you 1 extra day to catch up, read ahead, or read something else. It includes the narrative (Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther) and prophetic (Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi) books of the Old Testament written after the Jews return from the Babylonian exile. We have also included the Gospel of Matthew to balance our Old Testament reading and to see how many of these promises in the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament through Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
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