Congregational Daily Bible Reading Scheme

How we suggest you approach this.

You may approach the reading of these passages in whatever way is best for you. Here are a few thoughts from your Elders given only as help and guidelines.

Questions to use as you read.

  1. What truths about God and what He has done stand out for you from this passage?
  2. What in this passage helped you understand more of Jesus – who he is, his message and his mission?
  3. Deeper reflection – can you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to make a definite personal response to a truth from  this passage? e.g. something  to thank and praise God for.
  4. Is there something here that you could share with someone else,  or use in praying for some person or  situation you are concerned about? 

Don’t feel compelled to do every reading

Do not feel you must use all 5 readings; do not feel guilty if you cannot complete all each day; some portions are longer than others.

Follow where the Holy Spirit leads. Meeting God is the goal.

Why not keep a notebook?

Consider pondering the questions in your mind during the day , taking them with you as you go.

If you set out on this journey you may want to keep a notebook to record those things which the Lord shows you.

The Eldership are prayerfully supporting you.

The elders are praying in unity of spirit that God will speak to you as you take time to read  God’s Word and that the Holy Spirit will use this initiative to powerfully build up  our congregation.

 

We would like small cell groups to form to share together– more about that in the new year!

 

CONGREGATIONAL BIBLE READING PLAN –  WEEK BEGINNING  3 May

Sermon on John 12:1-23 – different responses to Jesus

  • The Greek god-fearers – curious, interested enquirers – but had not met Jesus at all
  • Palm Sunday – Enthusiastic singing, cheering crowds who did not yet understand what they were doing or who Jesus was
  • Judas and the other disciples – in the company of Jesus but committed only to what they saw as the beneficial social impact of his ministry eg relief of poverty
  • Mary – the true believer and worshipper – having sat at Jesus’ feet to receive his instruction and love (Luke 10:38-42) she now poured out her love, devotion and worship in humility and sacrifice. She worshipped in spirit and truth.

This week’s readings pick up the theme of sacrificing all for the sake of loving and trusting the Lord and finding our true treasure in him.

Daniel 1 – what did Daniel risk and what did he gain?

Matthew 13:44-45,  16:21-28 –  what is the calculation the people make in the parable, and how is that calculation presented in ch 16? What do we stand to gain and lose in our response to Christ?

Romans 11:33 – 12:8 –  what is involved in offering our everyday living as a sacrifice to God? Why is he worth it?

Philippians 3:1-14 – what did Paul take pride in in his former life and what is of supreme importance and joy to him now?

Hebrews 11:1-28 – shorter reading – or 1-40 (longer reading)  – what sorts of sacrifices did these people of faith make and what  was their reward?

Do not feel you must use all 5 readings; or feel you must complete  all each day.  Follow where the Holy Spirit leads. Meeting God is the goal.

If time is short, you could consider pondering the questions  during the day , taking them with you as you go.

If you set out on this journey you may want to keep a notebook to record those things which the Lord shows you.