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 2018 we’re reading 3 chapters of the Bible every day; one from the New Testament, one from the Old Testament and one from the Psalms.

As we read through the New Testament let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and be built up in our faith in Him. As we journey through the Old Testament we’re reading God’s story of redemption and unfailing love. Through the Psalms we get a glimpse of God’s greatness and majesty - it’s the perfect place to pause, reflect and worship, as we turn everything going on around us into praise.

Get yourself 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: Luke 19

Zacchaeus the tax collector1-3As He was passing through Jericho, a man called Zacchaeus, who was chief tax collector and very wealthy, wanted to see Jesus; but being very short he was unable to do so because of the crowd of people.4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to catch sight of Jesus who was about to pass along that way.5When He came to that place, Jesus looked up and said to him: "Zacchaeus, quickly come down from there. I must stay at your house today."6So he climbed down immediately and welcomed Jesus with joy.7When others saw this they complained: "He has gone to stay in the house of a sinner."8Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said: "Lord, I give half my possessions to the poor and if I have made false claims against anyone, I will restore four times the amount to him."9Jesus said to him: "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man is a true son of Abraham.10For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost."Parable of the diligent servants11He then told a parable to those listening to all He said, for He was nearing Jerusalem and there was speculation that God's Kingdom was about to appear.12He said: "A nobleman was about to travel to a distant country to inherit a kingdom, before returning home.13So he called ten of his servants and gave each of them a thousand, telling them, 'Use this money to trade while I am away.'14But he was hated by the citizens who sent a delegation after him saying, 'We don't want this man to rule over us.'15"In due course the nobleman returned, having received the kingdom, and summoned the servants to whom he had entrusted the money to discover how much profit they had made.16The first came and said, 'Lord, I have increased the thousand to ten thousand.' The nobleman said to him, 'You have done well and are a good servant. Because you have proved faithful in this small matter I am giving you authority over ten cities.'17-19"The second servant came and said, 'I have turned the one thousand into five.' So the nobleman said to him, 'I am giving you authority over five cities.'20-21"A third servant came and said, 'Lord, here is the thousand you gave me. I have kept it hidden safely because, knowing how demanding you are, I feared you. I know you expect a return without making a deposit and you reap where you have not sown any seed.'22"The nobleman said, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You were aware that I am a demanding man, expecting a return when I have not made a deposit and reaping where I have not sown.23Then why did you not at least put the money in a bank to gain interest for my return?'24"He then said to the others standing nearby, 'Take the thousand from him and give it to the one with ten thousand.25'But sir,' they replied, 'he already has ten thousand!'26"The master replied, 'I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has nothing, everything he has will be taken away.27However, bring here to me my enemies who did not want me to reign over them and execute them in front of me.'"Triumphal entry28After saying these things, Jesus set out for Jerusalem.29-30As He drew near to Bethphage in Bethany near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples on ahead telling them: "Go to the village ahead of you where you will find tethered a colt on which no one has yet ridden. Untie it and bring it here.31If anyone asks you why you are untying the colt, you are to answer, 'Because the Lord needs it.'32So the two disciples went and found the colt exactly as Jesus had said.33As they were untying the colt its owners asked: "Why are you untying the colt?"34They replied: "Because the Lord needs it." And they brought it to Jesus.35Then they threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.36As He went along, people threw their cloaks onto the road in front of Him.37As He approached the Mount of Olives, the great crowd of disciples were rejoicing and shouting to God for all the powerful works they had seen, saying:38"Blessed is the King who comes in the Lord's name! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus: "Teacher, tell Your disciples to stop this."40But He answered: "I tell you clearly, if all the people were to remain silent even the stones would cry out."Jesus prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem41-42When Jesus was near enough to see the city, He wept over it and said: "If you only listened today to what would bring you peace, but now it is hidden from you and you cannot see it.43The time will come when your enemies will build a rampart and will surround you on every side.44They will throw you to the ground, both you and your children within you, and will not leave one stone upon another, because you did not recognise the time of God's visitation."Jesus dispels traders from the temple45-46When He entered the temple courts, Jesus threw out the traders telling them: "It is written: 'My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a robber's den!"'47Daily He taught in the temple courts, but the chief priests, the teachers of the religious law and the leaders of the people planned to kill Him.48However they could not find a suitable opportunity as the people hung upon every word He spoke.

Today we are reading: Exodus 28

1“Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. 2Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor. 3Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest. 4These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests. 5Have them use gold, and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen.6“Make the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen—the work of skilled hands. 7It is to have two shoulder pieces attached to two of its corners, so it can be fastened. 8Its skillfully woven waistband is to be like it—of one piece with the ephod and made with gold, and with blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and with finely twisted linen. 9“Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel 10in the order of their birth—six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other. 11Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the way a gem cutter engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in gold filigree settings 12and fasten them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. Aaron is to bear the names on his shoulders as a memorial before the Lord. 13Make gold filigree settings 14and two braided chains of pure gold, like a rope, and attach the chains to the settings.15“Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions—the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. 16It is to be square—a span long and a span wide—and folded double. 17Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. The first row shall be carnelian, chrysolite and beryl; 18the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald; 19the third row shall be jacinth, agate and amethyst; 20the fourth row shall be topaz, onyx and jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings. 21There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes. 22“For the breastpiece make braided chains of pure gold, like a rope. 23Make two gold rings for it and fasten them to two corners of the breastpiece. 24Fasten the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the breastpiece, 25and the other ends of the chains to the two settings, attaching them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod at the front. 26Make two gold rings and attach them to the other two corners of the breastpiece on the inside edge next to the ephod. 27Make two more gold rings and attach them to the bottom of the shoulder pieces on the front of the ephod, close to the seam just above the waistband of the ephod. 28The rings of the breastpiece are to be tied to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband, so that the breastpiece will not swing out from the ephod. 29“Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the Lord. 30Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the Lord. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.31“Make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth, 32with an opening for the head in its center. There shall be a woven edge like a collar around this opening, so that it will not tear. 33Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them. 34The gold bells and the pomegranates are to alternate around the hem of the robe. 35Aaron must wear it when he ministers. The sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Holy Place before the Lord and when he comes out, so that he will not die. 36“Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: holy to the Lord. 37Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban. 38It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptable to the Lord. 39“Weave the tunic of fine linen and make the turban of fine linen. The sash is to be the work of an embroiderer. 40Make tunics, sashes and caps for Aaron’s sons to give them dignity and honor. 41After you put these clothes on your brother Aaron and his sons, anoint and ordain them. Consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. 42“Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh. 43Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they will not incur guilt and die.“This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants.

Today we are reading: Psalm 78

A maskil of Asaph.1My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.2I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—3things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.4We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generationthe praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.5He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,6so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.7Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.8They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation,whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him. 9The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle;10they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.11They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.12He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.13He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand up like a wall.14He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.15He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas;16he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers. 17But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.18They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.19They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?20True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly,but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?”21When the Lord heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,22for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.23Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;24he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.25Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.26He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.27He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.28He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.29They ate till they were gorged— he had given them what they craved.30But before they turned from what they craved, even while the food was still in their mouths,31God’s anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel. 32In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.33So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror.34Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.35They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.36But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues;37their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.38Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them.Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.39He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. 40How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the wasteland!41Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.42They did not remember his power— the day he redeemed them from the oppressor,43the day he displayed his signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan.44He turned their river into blood; they could not drink from their streams.45He sent swarms of flies that devoured them, and frogs that devastated them.46He gave their crops to the grasshopper, their produce to the locust.47He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet.48He gave over their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightning.49He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility— a band of destroying angels.50He prepared a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death but gave them over to the plague.51He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.52But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the wilderness.53He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; but the sea engulfed their enemies.54And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken.55He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes. 56But they put God to the test and rebelled against the Most High; they did not keep his statutes.57Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow.58They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols.59When God heard them, he was furious; he rejected Israel completely.60He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among humans.61He sent the ark of his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy.62He gave his people over to the sword; he was furious with his inheritance.63Fire consumed their young men, and their young women had no wedding songs;64their priests were put to the sword, and their widows could not weep. 65Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.66He beat back his enemies; he put them to everlasting shame.67Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;68but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.69He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.70He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;71from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.72And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.