Bible Reading Plan

God invites us to let the scriptures renew our minds, let our hearts connect with God and conform us into the image of Christ.

What those inside and outside of our church community need is to connect with God, to meet Jesus and interact with who He is and how He seeks to love them.

We encourage you to spend time each day in God’s Word, to see the redemptive plan of God and the character and beauty of Christ so we can learn to enjoy Christ. As we enjoy and love God, we begin to live like Him, which is the essence of being on mission for Him.

This Week’s Reading: April 23-27

Ephesians 1

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he[b]predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen,[e] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every namethat is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

BIBLE STUDY METHOD

BIBLE STUDY METHOD 

Studying Scripture can feel like a daunting task. Not all of us have studied Greek or Hebrew. Few of us have Bible college or seminary degrees. This is where a helpful tool for understanding Scripture can become tremendously helpful. There are many methods that you can use to understand and apply Scripture, but here’s a tool we use and teach:

Pray: Ask God to bless your time in His Word by coming near and using this time to develop your relationship with Him. (Psalm 86:12a “Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness.”)

Read: Read the text through twice. First to orient yourself to the text, then to begin the work of understanding it. Look at surrounding verses, look for patterns and identify key themes.

Listen: Confident in God’s work to teach you through His Word, review your observations and prayerfully ask God what He is teaching you or asking of you.

Do: Specifically determine how you’ll demonstrate and/or declare what you’ve learned. Share with your family, a friend or your Life Group what you’re aiming to do in response to what you’ve learned.

Review: Ask yourself – or maybe allow someone you trust to ask: “Did you do what you set out to do?” If so, “How’d it go?” If not, “Why not?”

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