Bible Reading Plan

Going go further

The more rooted we are in God and in His Word, the more fruitful we become in His purposes

Throughout this year we’re encouraging everyone at Kingdom Faith Church to get a Bible, a journal and a pen and to S.O.A.P. your way through the scriptures. Below you’ll see what we’re reading today.

What is S.O.A.P.?

In order to go further in the mission God has given us, He said we need to go deeper in our relationship with Him. As with any tree or plant, the fruit is determined by the health and depth of the root. One way we have been going deeper is by reading and journaling through the Word every day. We’ve called it S.O.A.P.

[S]cripture - Read the Word
[O]bservation - Write down what God is saying/showing you
[A]pplication - How do we apply this in our lives?
[P]rayer - Pray through and over your life

As we read the Word (Scripture), listen to the Holy Spirit (Observation), discover how to apply that to our lives (Application) and pray these things over our lives and those in the Church (Prayer) we’re going deeper in our relationship with God so that we can go further in the mission He’s given us.

Throughout the rest of the year we’ll be continuing our Bible Reading Plan to press deeper into God so that we can go further in His purposes. Get yourself a Bible, a journal and a pen and SOAP your way through the scriptures!

Today we are reading: Galatians 4

1I will explain it like this: While the heir is a minor he differs little from a servant, even though he inherits everything.2He is put under the authority of guardians and trustees until the time appointed by his father.3Similarly, while we were minors we were in bondage to worldly powers.4-5But at His appointed time God sent His Son, born of a woman and born under the law, so that He might save those who live under the law, that they might be adopted as His sons.6And once you became His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, enabling you to call Him, 'Abba, Father!'7So you are no longer a slave but now a son! And because you are a son, you are one of God's heirs.Paul's concern for the Galatians8-9Before you knew God personally, you were in bondage to false gods; but now that you know Him, or, rather, since God knows you personally, how can you turn back to those weak and useless things? Do you want to be in bondage to them again?10You are again observing special days, months, seasons and years like unbelievers!11I fear that all my hard work among you has been in vain.12-13Brothers, I urge you to identify with me in my freedom, as I came and identified with you. I am not accusing you of doing anything wrong against me personally, for you are aware that it was in a time of physical weakness that I preached the gospel to you.14Even though my condition was a trial, you neither despised nor rejected me, but you received me as an angel of God, as you would have treated Christ Jesus Himself!15What, then, has happened to your life of blessing? For I can testify that if it were possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.16So have I now become your enemy because I speak the truth to you?17There are people who show great concern for your welfare, but in completely the wrong way. They want you to break fellowship with me, so that you might follow them.18But it is good for you to remain zealous for the truth at all times, not only when I am present with you.19You are my little children, for whom I continue in labour until Christ has been fully formed in you!20I wanted to be with you at this time and to be able to speak in a different tone; but I am worried about you.Children of the free woman - not the slave21Tell me, those of you who want to return to living under the law, do you not take seriously what the law says?22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave girl and the other by a free woman.23The son born to the slave girl was born of the flesh, by the natural course of events, while the one born to the free woman was the result of God's promise.24Now this is symbolic of two different covenants. One was established on Mount Sinai, which gives birth to children who live in slavery, like Hagar the slave girl.25So Hagar stands for Mount Sinai that is in Arabia, and this corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem that is in bondage with her children.26But the heavenly Jerusalem is free and is the mother of all of us that are free.27For it is written: "Rejoice, barren one who does not give birth. Break out with shouts you who are not in labour, for the children of the desolate woman are more than the one who has a husband."28Now, brothers, like Isaac we are children of promise.29But just as the one born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so it is still the same now.30So what does the scripture say? "Be rid of the slave girl and her son, for surely the slave girl's son will not share the inheritance of the free woman's son."31So then, my brothers, we are not children of the slave girl but of the free woman!

Today we are reading: Malachi 1

1A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.2“I have loved you,” says the Lord.“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, 3but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” 4Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord. 5You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’6“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ 7“By offering defiled food on my altar.“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty. 9“Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty. 10“Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. 11My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty. 12“But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’ 13And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty.“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord. 14“Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.