Bible Reading Plan 2018
Over the summer our Sunday morning talks will give us the opportunity to enjoy hearing different people telling their stories about how God reached out to them and brought His power into their lives. Everyone’s story is different, but at the heart of every story, is God’s intimate knowledge of each one of us — our deepest physical, emotional and spiritual needs. God responds to meet these needs in power and love, giving all of Himself for us. And he call us to do the same. This is Amazing Grace, poured out for us, and over us , drenching us like a waterfall. Jesus showed us what Amazing Grace looks like, and millions of Christians have experienced it over centuries. So our readings are not an academic study; they are daily invitations from God to know more of His Amazing Grace in our lives today.
This plan draws on readings from the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s Epistles. In effect we are listening to Paul’s testimony, and hearing how God called and saved him, how God used him as a channel of His grace—and in particular how God sustained him in grace through his trials.
As you start this plan, take a moment to reflect on how Paul describes the grace of Christ as a model to copy to the church in Philippi:-
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2: 5-11
How to read these passages
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
P-ray. 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.
R-ead. Don’t be casual or rush through your reading – read according to a plan and meditate prayerfully as you go.
A-nalyze. Or think. Perhaps identify a key verse or phrase that sticks for that day and jot it down where you’ll see it regularly.
Y-ou. 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 So here’s a little help….
HOW TO USE OUR READINGS TO MOVE FORWARD
We have changed the format of these notes leaving a blank page opposite each week’s readings. So as you read each day’s passage, why not use these pages as a journal to record what God is teaching you about questions like:-
· What does this teach me about God and His grace?
· How does this passage encourage you to be a person of grace?
· What “act of grace” might God want you to carry out today?
· How might God want to apply His grace to my life today?
Then at the end of week—on Saturday—review and reflect on what you have heard from God, and prayerfully ask Him by His grace to help you take it forward.
You can download the plan here