The Bible – God’s Word
In our day and age, the Bible is being attacked more than ever. If we are going to confess we are the people of God, we also need to be people of the Word of God. We want everyone to grow in their knowledge and love for God and we believe one way this happens is through spending time in the Scriptures. It is important to listen, read, study, memorize, meditate, live, and teach God’s Word regularly so that it can impact you and others deeply.
In our 5-week series through the book of Jonah, we are reminded that “salvation belongs to the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). While the world around us might see Jonah and his story as a myth, a legend, or a fairy tale, we believe that God shows His true character and power through what happened to this prophet. We believe all of the Bible to be not just convenient allegory or great stories, but true accounts of men and women impacted by the true God.
So, we will be reading other minor prophets along with Jonah with this reading plan. See how Nahum also is sent by God to speak to Ninevah, and how Daniel remains faithful to God even when the country around him does not! We will have a chance to read through the gospel of Mark twice in this series. We encourage you not to do this alone, but to find someone who would be willing to read along with you! Use this as an opportunity to apply the DISCIPLER model we talked about in our last series.
DISCIPLER is a series looking at Jesus’s strategy for making disciples. We will look at the steps Jesus took when he invited 12 men to “come and see” and “follow me” and eventually sent them out to “make disciples.” We will read the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the apostles to see his discipleship process and the effect it had on the world through his disciples. We will also read the books of the Old Testament written after Israel’s return from exile in Babylon. Here leaders like Ezra restore right worship of God according to God’s word. It’s a reminder to us that discipleship must include transferring the gospel to our disciples.
“I AM” is a sermon series focused on the seven “I AM” statements of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel. During these 8 weeks, we will take time to read through the gospel of John twice: first, quickly, to focus on the overarching storyline and second, slowly, to focus on the individual stories of Jesus’. Corresponding to these two readings, we will be reading Exodus, where Moses encounters the God of his forefathers, the “I AM” who comes to deliver His people. In addition, we will focus on Jeremiah, the prophet called by God to deliver God’s Word and call his people back to worship the one true God, the “I AM.”
For the second half of our Reign series (looking at the time of the kings and how Jesus is our ultimate King) we read the book of Isaiah. His prophecies remind us of our true King, Jesus Christ, and point God’s people to anticipate His coming. We also read the kingly writings found in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Finally, our reading plan took us through the Gospel of Matthew, whose perspective highlights Jesus as the promised Messiah, the King from prophecy, the Savior.
Our church journeyed through the book of 1 Samuel in Fall 2016, reading through the encompassing narrative of that time period, the time of the kings, recorded in 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. As various kings turned away from the Lord, He called several prophets to speak His truth to the nations and leaders of the time. We read about many of these prophets as they appear chronologically. We also read about our ultimate King, Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Gospel of John, John’s letters, and Revelation.
During Summer 2016, for three weeks, we focused on what it means to be a church on mission for Christ and His gospel. In preparation to launch our missional groups in September, we designed a Bible reading plan that took us through the story of Job, the sufferer, and the gospel of Mark, where Jesus is the Suffering Servant.
June-August 2016 | The Psalms
We set aside 7 weeks this summer to read and preach through the Psalms, reading 3 Psalms each day and then preach one of those Psalms the following Sunday. It’s our hope that we engage with and hear these Psalms of praise, lament, teaching, and declaration to draw near to the heart of God and live a life of worship!
We also have made this Psalms Genre Chart that will enable you to see what kind of Psalm you are reading to better understand what the psalmist is trying to communicate. Take some time to familiarize yourself with each of the different Psalms so you’ll be better prepared to apply these songs to your life and live a life of worship.
February-June 2016 | “define: Church”
We have created a bible reading plan to go along with our sermon series through 1 Timothy. It’s our hope that you will read along with us. The amount you choose to read is up to you, we just want to read God’s Word together. So, read the Old Testament passages or New Testament passages or all of it; it doesn’t matter, just read along with us!
We have chosen these passages in hopes of seeing the formation and definition of the people of God in the Old and New Testaments, both Israel and the Church. The New Testament readings place Paul’s other letters in their chronological order at the time of their writing during the book of Acts.
January 2016 | “Consider Your Ways”
We created a bible reading plan for our sermon series through the book of Haggai that helped us immerse ourselves in this time period of the bible. 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.
Other Bible Reading Plans
We love the ESV Bible and Crossway has several different reading plan options online as well. You can RSS, import to your calendar, view on a mobile device, print, or have them emailed to you directly.
YouVersion is the most used Bible reading app on your phone. There you will find every version of the bible, multiple reading plans, audio versions to listen to, and plenty of other resources. You can even track your progress, leave a bookmark, and take notes.