Bible Reading Plan 2018
This series after Pentecost follows on from our recent readings which have all been about the building sense of Hope and Expectation, that, we have at STJOHNS@10. It seems that God has been preparing us for a new thing—for God to come amongst us in power; and will empower us for greater things in His name and for His glory.
The Holy Spirit is the power from on high that the disciples were commanded to wait for— just as we have been asked by God to wait. When the Holy Spirit came on the disciples at Pentecost it was described as “what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them” (Acts 2: 3). That’s why we’ve called this series ‘FIRE POWER’
The Holy Spirit is also what Jesus refers to as the ‘Promise of the Father.’ and is something we believe God offers to all Christians. But how much do we really know and understand about the Holy Spirit—and the power He offers us.
Sometimes, we refer to the Holy Spirit as some nebulous spirit being that just hovers around to lead us this way and that. But Jesus is very clear: the Spirit is so much more. He is our real and necessary helper and advocate, sent to empower us in living the Christian life. So, in this series of readings we will explore what the bible can teach us about the Holy Spirit—who He is and how exactly does He empower us?
But hopefully we will do much more—we will actively seek more of the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives, transforming us into powerful witnesses to his life-changing grace. This plan is not an academic study; it is an invitation from God to know more of His power in us.
Come Holy Spirit
This plan runs draws on readings from throughout the Old and New Testaments. It will take us through 8 different topics:-
1. Who is the Holy Spirit? - And what does He offer us...
2. The power He gives us to know the truth about Jesus
3. The power He gives us to do the work of Jesus
4. The power He gives us to share the Good News of Jesus
5. The power He gives us to reveal the character of Jesus
6. The power He gives us to serve like Jesus
7. The power He gives us to know and follow the guidance of Jesus
8. The power He gives us to fulfil our destiny
In this plan we have a variety of longer and shorter readings. These shorter readings may be good ones for meditating on– or trying to commit to memory; the longer ones can simply be read—but all our readings could usefully follow this simple 4-step approach to get the most out of our daily readings – PRAY
Pray. Clear your mind of your busy-ness by contemplating God’s greatness, asking forgiveness for anything that’s spoiling your relationship with Him and then thanking Him for His wonderful love for you in Jesus. Then ask the Holy Spirit to speak through what you are about to read.
Read. Don’t be casual or rush through your reading – read according to a plan and meditate prayerfully as you go.
Analyze. Or think. Perhaps identify a key verse or phrase that sticks for that day and jot it down where you’ll see it regularly.
You. Finally remember the Bible was given to transform us. So finish each session by asking God how He wants to change you through what you’ve read (journaling might be helpful here) and pray for His Spirit to empower you to make the change real.
You can download the weekly plans below:
OR a booklet for the whole series