The Bible – God’s Word
If we are made into the people of God through the gospel, we also need to be people of God’s word. 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. For all of these reasons and more, we intentionally provide a Bible Reading Plan for each series we go through as a church. You can check out our current plan below, along with our past series’ plans.
Our Bible Reading Plans are made available as part of our Daily Worship Guide resource, along with a Weekly Prayer Guide. Learn more about it on our prayer page.
CURRENT SERIES – Summer 2019 | Psalms of Ascent
During Summer 2019, we will be walking through the fifteen “psalms of ascent,” so named because the Israelites used to sing these as they ascended the mountain in Jerusalem for worship. Like the entire collection of psalms, these cover a wide range of emotions and situations, from joy and celebration of family and country to lament and despair in the midst of persecution and death. By studying these through the lens of Christ, we can see how He perfects our worship in any and every situation, and is the Lead Worshiper through whom we also may ascend to salvation by faith.
It is our hope that everyone will read through the Psalms this summer and meditate on and respond to God’s word. To help facilitate this, we will have special Psalms Journals available for you to write in as you see fit. Use the guide and reading plan below, and dive deep into God’s word this summer.
May 2019 | Zephaniah
During these weeks, we will be reading about other minor prophets of the Old Testament, along with the historical background and context of the country of Judah during this time. We also, having just finished our series through Mark’s gospel, will read of the continuation of the story of Jesus as He works through His disciples to reach Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth.
Fall 2018-Spring 2019 | Mark
During the Winter and Spring of 2019 we will be finishing our preaching series through the book of Mark. During that time we will be reading Genesis-Deuteronomy in the Old Testament and the writings of John in the New Testament (John, 1-3 John, and Revelation). This means we will be reading about the beginning of the world (Genesis), the beginning of Israel (Genesis-Deuteronomy), the beginning of Christ’s ministry on earth (John), and the beginning of the end (Revelation). Download our daily worship guide below.
In the Fall 2018, while we preach through the Gospel of Mark, we will be reading about Christ before, during, and after he came. Isaiah prophecies the coming of Christ hundreds of years before His coming. Of course, the events of Christ’s ministry happen during the book of Mark. In the years that followed after Christ’s time on earth, the apostle Paul wrote the letters that make up most of our New Testament, which explain further who Jesus is and what He came to do for us. Click the link below to find our reading plan and read along with us!
Spring & Summer 2018 | Exodus
In 2018 we will be preaching through the book of Exodus to see the story of God’s sovereign deliverance and presence with his people for his glory. In both parts of this reading plan, we will read through Exodus and continue going through much of the story-line of the Old Testament, the story of the people of Israel. In Part 1, we will also be reading slowly through Luke and Acts to remember that God’s ultimate deliverance and presence with his people was accomplished through Christ for his glory alone. Since the second half of Exodus deals much with the law of God, we will spend Part 2 reading through the letters in the New Testament that tell about Christ fulfilling the law so that we can be saved by grace through faith, not by works of the law.
For Advent, we will be reading through Genesis and Matthew as we experience everything from the Old Testament anticipation of the coming of Christ, the New Testament fulfillment of that promise, and our current anticipation of his second coming.
October-November 2017 | The Solas
The Five Solas are five principles that emerged from the Protestant Reformation, an event started by monks who contradicted the unbiblical teachings of the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century. Each of these principles were defended and discussed by reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin, but they were not organized in this way until more recently in the 20th century. Sola is simply the Latin word for “only and alone”; thus each of these principles describe the core, foundational beliefs (the “alones,” if you will) of the Christian faith. In sum, we believe that salvation is based in Scripture alone, by grace through faith in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone.
For this series, we will be using a wonderful resource called Gospel Meditations on the Reformation. This book is a collection of 31 daily devotionals taken from Scripture but illustrated with scenes from Reformation history. Noted historian Carl Trueman and theologian Andy Naselli join pastors Chris Anderson and Joe Tyrpak as contributing authors. Be sure to pick one up this Sunday so that you can read along with us each week!
September-October 2017 | Persevere
As we study Paul’s last words recorded in 2 Timothy, our Bible reading plan will take us on a journey through all of Paul’s letters. Paul wrote these letters so that they would be read to different churches in the first century, often as a result of having spent time with them and ministering the gospel to them. So, we’ll also be reading various passages from Acts that give us the context of Paul’s interaction with these people. In addition, we’ll be reading through the Psalms. David is a wonderful Old Testament picture of an enduring faith, as he recognizes amidst persecution that “God is our refuge and strength” and “His love endures forever.” Read these passages for encouragement, challenge, growth, conviction, and above all, that God might give us an endurance in the gospel.
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.