Scripture and the Soul in 2014

As we look back on 2013 with all of the triumphs and trials that accompanied it, we also begin planning and praying for the new year that is now upon us. It is my hope that we would faithfully engage scripture as a community for the sake of the world. In this post you will find a variety of helpful resources for Bible reading and scripture memorization

ESV reading plans can be found here. A bonus is that all of the plans are available as podcasts through iTunes.

If you have a smart phone you can use YouVersion to sync to one of many reading plans available or subscribe to a daily email.

Justin Taylor has written a blog on “How to Read the Whole Bible in 2014” with many helpful links in the post.

When it comes to scripture memorization there are many different methods and tools – Find what works for your brain and soul.

Pastor John Piper delivered a sermon “If My Words Abide in You” that is both convicting and encouraging.

Dr. Andy Davis has written an article that gives some great tools for extended scripture memorization.

Fighter Verses is a website and application delivering some great resources for memorizing a wide variety of Bible verses.

There are an abundance of resources available to us by God’s grace. My encouragement for you is to not get bogged down or overwhelmed but rather pick a plan and go with it. If you’d like, join me as I will be reading and podcasting the M’Cheyne reading plan and working on memorizing the book of Philippians. Here is something for us to remember; if (more than likely when!) we get behind, don’t feel guilty or quit. Instead, pick up on the day we find ourselves and keep going. In all this remember we don’t do this for “spiritual brownie points” or out of empty routine. As the people of God we soak in his word as a community for the sake of the world. As the word of Christ dwells in us richly (Colossians 3:16) we then shine the light of Jesus into every sphere of life through our words and deeds. May 2014 be a year that the whole of scripture dwells in the whole of our lives for the sake of the whole earth.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Jon

 

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