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.

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: Hebrews 2

Take seriously the message of salvation1How important it is that we take seriously what we have heard, so we do not drift away from the truth.2The messages God gave people through angels were considered to be binding on those who received them; any disobedience to the commands given would result in just punishment. Now that we have received a greater revelation of the great salvation made possible through faith in Jesus, it is surely even more important to realise that to ignore such truth will lead to even greater punishment!3This salvation, by which we are made totally acceptable to God, was first revealed by the Lord Himself as has been confirmed by those who heard Him speak personally.4God also verified this message of salvation through the signs, wonders and different miracles that Jesus performed. And it is proved beyond doubt by the gifts of the Holy Spirit He has given to His people, according to His purposes.All authority given to Christ5We are not speaking only of this present world but of one that is to come.6God has not put angels in charge of this, for it is written: "How can man be so important to You that You think so highly of him? How can it be that You care for him as You do?7You made him slightly inferior to the angels and yet have crowned him with glory and honour, and have put everything under his authority!"8Because God placed everything under his authority, all things are subject to man. This does not seem obvious at present, but we already see this in Jesus.9When He became man He was in a slightly inferior position to the angels; but now He is crowned with glory and honour because He suffered death on behalf of all humanity. This is the measure of the grace and favour God has shown us.He shared in our humanity10In this way, many sons are now able to inherit God's glory. Everything and everyone was created for His sake. Yet it was necessary that He should make Jesus the Author of our salvation, the perfect sacrifice that would bring us back to God.11So we are now made holy in God's sight and this has been accomplished through Jesus, the only One who could make us holy. He is like our elder Brother, and we share in the same family and have the same inheritance. It is amazing that Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers.12Long ago He said: "I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; in the company of Your people I will sing Your praises."13He also said: "I will put My trust in Him." And then He adds: "Here I am, together with the children God has given Me."14Jesus shared in our humanity, having flesh and blood like us, so that through His death on the cross, He could utterly destroy the devil, the one who holds the power of death.15Now all those who have spent their lives in bondage because of their fear of death and what lay beyond, are set free.16These are the people of faith, the true descendants of Abraham. It is these He has raised to His glory, not angels.17To accomplish this, Jesus had to be made like His brothers in every respect. He became our High Priest, the One who offered the perfect sacrifice of Himself to God; the merciful and faithful High Priest who was obedient in His service to God. In this way, He made the act of atonement, the act by which we are again made one with God because all our sins are forgiven.18However, to be the One who would act on our behalf He had to be subjected to temptation, just as we are. And so now He is able to help us when we need to overcome temptation.

Today we are reading: 1 Kings 21

1Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.2Ahab said to Naboth, "Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth."3But Naboth replied, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers."4So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.5His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, "Why are you so sullen? Why won't you eat?"6He answered her, "Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, 'Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.' But he said, 'I will not give you my vineyard.'"7Jezebel his wife said, "Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I'll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite."8So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city with him.9In those letters she wrote: "Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people.10But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death."11So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them.12They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people.13Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth has cursed both God and the king." So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.14Then they sent word to Jezebel: "Naboth has been stoned and is dead."15As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, "Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead."16When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth's vineyard.17Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:18"Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth's vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it.19Say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?' Then say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth's blood, dogs will lick up your blood-yes, yours!'"20Ahab said to Elijah, "So you have found me, my enemy!I have found you," he answered, "because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD.21'I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel-slave or free.22I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin.'23"And also concerning Jezebel the LORD says: 'Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.'24"Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country."25(There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife.26He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)27When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.28Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:29"Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son."

Today we are reading: Psalm 49

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.1Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world,2both low and high, rich and poor alike:3My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.4I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle: 5Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me—6those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?7No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—8the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—9so that they should live on forever and not see decay.10For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.11Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves. 12People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. 13This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.14They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.15But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.16Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases;17for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.18Though while they live they count themselves blessed— and people praise you when you prosper—19they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life. 20People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.