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: Exodus 5

1Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” 2Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” 3Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.” 4But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” 5Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.” 6That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7“You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” 10Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. 11Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’” 12So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 13The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” 14And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?” 15Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? 16Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.” 17Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.” 19The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.” 20When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, 21and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”22Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Today we are reading: Luke 24

The Resurrection1Very early on the Sunday morning, the women brought the spices they had prepared to the tomb.2They discovered that the stone that had covered the entrance to the tomb had been rolled aside.3So they entered, but the body of the Lord Jesus was not there.4While they were pondering where He could be, two men in clothes that shone like lightning suddenly appeared and stood beside them.5Frightened, the two women fell to the ground on their faces. The man asked them: "Why look for the living among the dead?6-7He is not here; He is risen! Remember what He told you while He was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men to be crucified, but on the third day He will be raised back to life.'"8Then the women remembered.9They told all this to the eleven and the others with them as soon as they returned from the tomb.10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the others with them that brought this news to the apostles.11But they did not believe what the women said; it seemed to make no sense to them.12However, Peter ran to the tomb to see for himself. He bent over, looked into the tomb and saw the strips of linen lying to one side. He left perplexed at what He had seen.The road to Emmaus13On that same day, two disciples were travelling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.14They were discussing everything that had taken place.15-16While they were deep in conversation, Jesus Himself came and walked beside them; but they did not recognise Him.17He asked them: "What are you talking about?"18They stopped walking and appeared grief stricken. One of them, named Cleopas, asked Him: "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who has no idea about the events that have taken place here during the past few days?"19"What events?" He asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet who spoke powerfully and performed mighty deeds in God's Name before all the people.20However, the chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to the Romans to be sentenced to death; so they crucified Him.21We had hoped that He was the One who would save Israel. And now it is the third day since this took place.22-23What is more, some of our women have amazed us by saying that when they went to the tomb early this morning, they could not find His body. And they came to tell us that angels had appeared to them, who said that He is alive.24When some of our friends went to the tomb themselves, they found it just as the woman had said, and there was no sign of Jesus."25-26He said to them: "You are so foolish and slow to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have said. The Christ had to suffer these things before entering into His glory, did He not?'27Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He revealed to them all that was written in the scriptures about Himself.28As they neared their destination, Jesus appeared to be continuing further.29But they begged Him: "Stay with us here, for it is getting dark and the daylight has almost gone." So He agreed to stay with them.30While at table with them, Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God. Then He broke it and gave it to them.31Suddenly their eyes were opened and they realised that this was Jesus: but then He immediately disappeared from their sight.32They said to each other: "While He talked with us on the journey and explained the scriptures to us, did it not seem that our hearts were on fire?"Jesus appears to the disciples33-34At once they rose from the table and returned to Jerusalem. The eleven disciples gathered together with the other believers and said: "It is really true! The Lord has risen from the dead and has appeared to Simon."35Then the two disciples explained what had happened to them on the way to Emmaus, and how they had recognised Jesus when He broke the bread.36While they were still explaining this, Jesus Himself suddenly stood among them and said: "Peace be with you!"37They were amazed and frightened, thinking this must be a ghost.38But He said to them: "What are you worried about and why do you doubt in your minds?39Look at My hands and feet. It really is Me! You can touch Me and see that I am real. A ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have."40Then He showed them His hands and feet. They could still hardly believe what was happening, for they were so amazed and full of joy.41Jesus asked them: "Do you have anything to eat here?"42They gave Him a piece of broiled fish and He took it and ate it before their eyes.44Then He said to them: "This is what I predicted while I was still with you. Everything written about Me in the law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms, must be fulfilled."Jesus' departing instruction45Then He explained the scriptures to them so that they could understand.46He said: "This is what is clearly written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.47In His Name, repentance and the forgiveness of sins will be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.48You are witnesses of all this.49I am going to send you the gift promised by My Father. But you are to stay here in the city until you have received the power that will be poured out on you from heaven."50-51Then Jesus led them out to a place near Bethany. There He raised His hands and blessed them, and then He left them and was taken up into heaven.52They worshipped Him and returned to Jerusalem, overflowing with joy.53And they remained in the temple, giving praise to God.