Bible Reading Plan: Reflecting on the Early Church

rethink church 2The story of Jesus doesn’t end with Jesus.  It continues in the lives of those who believe in him.  Luke makes it clear in the book of Acts that the Christians he wrote about were no more spectators of Jesus than Jesus was a spectator of God – they are in on the action of God.  God acting in them, God living in them. Which also, of course, means in us.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul, who was introduced to us in Acts, describes to the faithful Christians in Ephesus and to us God’s long-range plan of reconciliation. He tells us how Jesus is eternally and tirelessly bringing everything and everyone together and, having done the work of reconciliation in and for us, we now participate with him in this most urgent work on earth.

  • 4/13 Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:44-53
  • 4/14 Acts 1
  • 4/15 Acts 2
  • 4/16 Acts 3
  • 4/17 Acts 4
  • 4/18 Reflection
  • 4/19 Reflection

 

  • 4/20 Acts 5
  • 4/21 Acts 6
  • 4/22 Acts 7
  • 4/23 Acts 8
  • 4/24 Acts 9
  • 4/25 Reflection
  • 4/26 Reflection

 

  • 4/27 Acts 10
  • 4/28 Acts 11
  • 4/29 Acts 12
  • 4/30 Acts 13
  • 5/1 Acts 14
  • 5/2 Reflection
  • 5/3 Reflection
  • 5/4 Acts 15
  • 5/5 Acts 16
  • 5/6 Acts 17
  • 5/7 Acts 18
  • 5/8 Acts 19
  • 5/9 Reflection
  • 5/10 Reflection

 

  • 5/11 Acts 20
  • 5/12 Acts 21
  • 5/13 Acts 22
  • 5/14 Acts 23
  • 5/15 Acts 24
  • 5/16 Reflection
  • 5/17 Reflection

 

  • 5/18 Acts 25
  • 5/19 Acts 26
  • 5/20 Acts 27
  • 5/21 Acts 28
  • 5/22 Ephesians 1
  • 5/23 Reflection
  • 5/24 Reflection

 

  • 5/25 Ephesians 2
  • 5/26 Ephesians 3
  • 5/27 Ephesians 4
  • 5/28 Ephesians 5
  • 5/29 Ephesians 6
  • 5/30 Reflection
  • 5/31 Reflection

Spiritual Disciplines Bible Readings 2015

spiritual disciplines 2015Webster’s New World Dictionary defines discipline as “training that develops self-control.” Internal discipline is the ability to choose God’s way.  It involves a series of choices we make over and over to allow God to control our nature and develop us into our best selves, becoming like Jesus. Using these disciplines is something we decide to do and work at; it doesn’t happen automatically.  Spiritual disciplines are not generally what we do naturally or easily; but once we choose to incorporate them into our lives on a regular basis, they become rewarding habits that produce positive results in our lives.   (From Following Jesus, page 80)

In addition to the disciplines we will be studying throughout this series, we encourage you to add another – biblical meditation.  Consider S.O.A.P.ing a verse or a phrase that stands out to you in the readings below.

  • 2/23 Hebrews 12:1-11
  • 2/24 Proverbs 3:1-12
  • 2/25 Romans 12:1-2
  • 2/26 Philippians 1:9-11
  • 2/27 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • 2/28 Reflection
  • 3/1 Reflection

 

  • 3/2 Romans 12:9-21
  • 3/3 Hebrews 13:1-3
  • 3/4 1 Peter 4:8-11
  • 3/5 Acts 2:42-47
  • 3/6 Matthew 25:34-40
  • 3/7 Reflection
  • 3/8 Reflection

 

  • 3/9 Joel 2:12-16
  • 3/10 Isaiah 58:3-9a
  • 3/11 Matthew 4:1-4
  • 3/12 Matthew 6:16-18
  • 3/13 Acts 14:21-23
  • 3/14 Reflection
  • 3/15 Reflection
  • 3/16 Luke 5:15-16; 6:12-16
  • 3/17 1 Kings19:11-12
  • 3/18 Lamentations 3:25-28
  • 3/19 Psalm 42
  • 3/20 Psalm 131:1-2
  • 3/21 Reflection
  • 3/22 Reflection

 

  • 3/23 Matthew 6:3-4
  • 3/24 Matthew 6:5-6
  • 3/25 Matthew 6:16-18
  • 3/26 Philippians 2:1-4
  • 3/27 1 Corinthians 4:3-5
  • 3/28 Reflection
  • 3/29 Reflection

 

  • 3/30 Matthew 21:1-11
  • 3/31 Romans 8:14-25
  • 4/1 Nehemiah 8:9-12
  • 4/2 Psalm 30
  • 4/3 Lamentations 3:20-24
  • 4/4 Reflection
  • 4/5 Reflection

 

  • 4/6 John 15:9-11
  • 4/7 John 16:22
  • 4/8 Acts 13:44-52
  • 4/9 Romans 15:13
  • 4/10 1 Peter 1:8-9
  • 4/11 Reflection
  • 4/12 Reflection

Immerse Yourself in the Study of Luke

January – February 2015
Bible Reading Plan

Preparing for Lesson #1: Opening Stories

  • January 1  Luke 1
  • January 2  Luke 2: 1-38
  • January 3  Reflection
  • January 4  Reflection

Preparing for Lesson #2: Preparing the Way

  • January 5  Luke 2:39-52
  • January 6  Luke 3:1-9
  • January 7  Luke 3:10-20
  • January 8  Luke 3: 21-22
  • January 9  Luke 4:1-13
  • January 10 Reflection
  • January 11 Reflection

Preparing for Lesson #3: Calling Disciples, Forming Community

  • January 12 Luke 4:14-30
  • January 13 Luke 5:1-11, 27-32
  • January 14 Luke 6:1-49
  • January 15 Luke 7:18-23: 8:1-3
  • January 16 Luke 9:1-6, 18-36
  • January 17 Reflection
  • January 18 Reflection

Preparing for Lesson #4: Restoring Wholeness

  • January 19 Luke 5:12-26
  • January 20 Luke 7:1-17
  • January 21 Luke 8:22-39
  • January 22 Luke 8:40-56
  • January 23 Luke 9:37-43
  • January 24 Reflection
  • January 25 Reflection

Preparing for Lesson #5: God’s Character and Reign

  • January 26 Luke 11:1-13, 33-54
  • January 27 Luke 12:22-48
  • January 28 Luke 13:18-30; 14:7-24
  • January 29 Luke 15:1-32
  • January 30 Luke 16:19-31
  • January 31 Reflection
  • February 1 Reflection

Preparing for Lesson #6: Costs and Joys of Discipleship

  • February 2  Luke 9:46-48, 57-62
  • February 3  Luke 10:1-12, 17-20, 25-42
  • February 4  Luke 14:25-33
  • February 5  Luke 18:18-30
  • February 6  Luke 19:1-10
  • February 7  Reflection
  • February 8  Reflection

Preparing for Lesson #7: Ascending and Descending Into Jerusalem

  • February 9   Luke 19:28-48
  • February 10 Luke 20:1-44
  • February 11 Luke 20:45-21.3
  • February 12 Luke 21:1-37
  • February 13 Luke 22:1-53
  • February 14 Reflection
  • February 15 Reflection

Preparing for Lesson #8: Closing and Opening the Gospel

  • February 16 Luke 22:54-71
  • February 17 Luke 23:1-25
  • February 18 Luke 23:26-55
  • February 19 Luke 24: 1-34
  • February 20 Luke 24:35-53
  • February 21 Reflection
  • February 22 Refection

Enhance Your Daily Time with God: S.O.A.P.ing

S.O.A.P.ing is a tool many have found helpful in focusing their daily time with God. The goal is not to know more about God but to develop a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus.

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S (Scripture) – Read a passage from the Bible. Take time as you read and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse or phrase that seemed to stand out and write it down.

O (Observation) — What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? (It’s important to choose a Bible translation that you can understand.) Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words.

A (Application) — Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write it down.

P (Prayer) — This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Since prayer is a two way conversation, be sure to listen to what God has to say. Now, write it out.

Example:

S = Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

O = We are not supposed to be going along with culture but becoming more and more like the Christ we follow, so that we can understand what God’s will is for us.

A = Too often I don’t realize the impact of what I read, watch, or hear has on me. S.O.A.P.ing God’s Word helps to cleanse my mind and to understand what God expects from me.  I need to get back into the habit of S.O.A.P.ing each day.

P = Forgive me, Lord, for being so lazy about how I engage your Word. I want to be a reflection of your Son, not the world, which means taking time each day to abide with you!