As many of you know, we have taken this past year to begin the process of laying a healthy foundation as a church. One of the critical pieces that came out of this past year of praying and seeking God’s will was that we are going to be a church that, above all else, seeks to make disciples for God’s glory.
As we begin to look to 2017, it looks as though this year will largely be a year of transition. We will begin to implement some of the structures (elders and deacons) and decisions that were made this past year, all the while beginning to train and equip our church members to carry out these plans.
Knowing the wonderful, servant-hearted church we have, I’m sure many of you are wondering, “How can I help during this time of transition?” One of the ways is actually quite simple, and something you can do from the comfort of your own home: spend time in God’s Word each day.
I know a collective groan may have just went out as you read those words, knowing that every year we as Christians begin January with intentions of reading through the Bible in one year. But, like our ambitions to exercise each day, we skip a day here and there, and our plans ultimately fizzle out before Spring arrives.
However, if we ever have any hopes of making disciples, we have to be able to teach others what God says in His Word. Which means, we have to know the Word ourselves. Which means, we need to spend time reading and studying our Bibles.
Therefore, I’m proposing a modified plan for us as a church. We are going to focus on reading through the New Testament this year. Starting in Matthew, we’ll read one chapter a day, Monday through Friday, use Saturday as a “catch-up” day just in case you missed a day or two, and then Sunday we’ll gather together as a group to study Exodus. So that’s one chapter a day for five days. And by the end of the year, we’ll have worked our way from Matthew to Revelation.
I’ll do my best to help remind you via Facebook (for those that are plugged in that way), but I also encourage you to regularly gather together with 2-4 other individuals routinely (once a week or every other week) to discuss what you are reading, ask each other questions, and simply encourage one another.
I am incredibly excited to read God’s Word with you this year, and cannot wait to see the fruit He will produce in all of us as we do!