This past Sunday I shared two verses (Phil. 4:1; Col.1:28-29) that God has placed on my heart for my own personal growth and for my role in equipping the CotC family for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. My prayer is that every one of us would seek to “stand firm” in the Lord, “mature in Christ.” With God’s strength, I will toil and struggle with his energy to encourage you and equip you to this end. But it will be the Spirit’s power within us to accomplish this goal! One of the ways we want to equip you to stand firm, mature in Christ, is to consistently point you to God’s word. Listen to this:
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Have you thought of God’s word this way? More to be desired than gold? Rejoicing your heart? Teaching you what’s right and how to walk in God’s ways?
What a thought! Could it be true that if we commit to reading and memorizing God’s word this year that we, too, could experience the joy that the Psalmist had?
I totally believe it! God’s word will bring joy, strength, conviction and growth as the Spirit empowers us to understand the truth of God, and as we commit as Learners to love Jesus more in and through His word.
This year I want to encourage us to journey together in reading the entire Bible. There are many Bible reading plans out there, but here’s ONE I think would be great for us to read together.
What’s encouraging about this plan is that it gives you both an OT and NT reading each day, and the reading is never more than four chapters a day. The reading is structured so that you get a full picture of the storyline of the Bible and the unity of the Scriptures.
Additionally, to prevent the frustration that many of us get when working through a Bible-reading plan, each month of the plan only requires twenty-five (25) readings. This means that you get several “free days” to catch up.
Let’s commit to learning God’s word together this year so that our heads, hearts and minds are renewed by the power of the Spirit. Let us stand firm in the Lord, mature in Christ!