Bible Reading Plan 2018

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This year we start off the year by reading the Gospel of Luke and Acts in
January and February. It is our prayer that the readings from those two books
from the New Testament will shape our mind and heart to become a church
that moves with a gospel-centered missional spirituality.

Then starting in March, we will plunge into reading the poetic and
wisdom literature of the Old Testament: Psalms, Proverbs, Job,
Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. The books of Job, Proverbs and
Ecclesiastes are often grouped together as “wisdom literature.” They
complement each other by providing a more rounded perspective on some of
life’s big issues. Whereas the book of Proverbs commends righteous living in
order to enjoy God’s favor, the book of Job explores the case of someone who
is exceptionally righteous but suffers greatly. Whereas Proverbs conveys t he
idea that God blesses those whose lives are marked by integrity rather than by
falsehood, Ecclesiastes highlights the disillusionment we feel when we observe
the lack of moral order in the world; since the wicked appear to prosper and the
righteous seem to suffer, what advantage does a righteous person have over
the wicked? Whereas the book of Proverbs seeks to inculcate consistent,
righteous behavior, the book of Job and Ecclesiastes look to avoid a simplistic
interpretation of recurrent pattern of life. It is our prayer that the readings from
the wisdom literature will shape our lives to embody the gospel-centered
wisdom.

The two main books of poetic literature are Psalms and the Song of
Songs. Although both books are poetry, they are very different. While the book
of Psalms is a collection of 150 songs devoted to worship of God, the Songs
comprises a series of interconnected stanzas of two lovers for one another. Set
side by side, however, the Psalms and the Songs are vivid reminders of the
significance of relationships for human existence. The Psalms emphasizes at
length the importance of the divine human relationship. By way of
encouragement, the intimacy of human love in the Songs illustrates indirectly
something of the passion of God’s love for people. The one who designed male
and female for intimate union is the very one who desires to live in close and
harmonious relationship with them. Human love is to be an illustration of divine
love. It is our prayer that the reading of the poetic literature will shape our lives
to embody missional spirituality out of intimate relationship with God and with
one another.

We will end the year by reading three books of the New Testament: 1 & 2
Thessalonians and James. 1 & 2 Thessalonians will help us to end the year
by reflecting about what it means to live a life and be a church that moves with
a gospel-centered missional spirituality. James, which is known as the wisdom
literature of the New Testament will help us to tie the wisdom from the Old
Testament to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May we be a church that is shaped by the Word of God, marked by the wisdom
of God, and moved by the gospel-centered missional spirituality.

 

 

 

 

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