Faith Forward: God's Word
Week Two Practice
January 21, 2018
This week’s practice is to read through one book of the Bible.
- Pick a short book that can be finished in a week by reading a chapter a day.
- New Testament examples: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians & James.
- Old Testament examples: Jonah, Malachi & Lamentations.
- Set aside 10-15 minutes a day for this practice.
- Try picking the same book as a group and go through it together.
- Pray this short prayer before you read each day: “Holy Spirit, show me something new about Jesus, myself, and Your love for me through Your Word.”
- What are some obstacles that prevent you from reading the Bible? Have an open, honest discussion with your group. Write down the obstacles that you have in common.
- In Matthew 4:4 Jesus equates the Word of God to daily bread. How is God’s Word essential for life in the same way as food and water? Why do you think a daily rhythm of consuming God’s Word, like we do food, is necessary to become more like Jesus?
- Pastor Marco describes the Bible as coherent, meaning all Scripture is pointing us toward one person–Jesus. Is there a story from the Old Testament that makes you think of Jesus? How so or why?
- Pastor Marco says, “Whenever Scripture challenges some of our deeply held beliefs, we all have a choice. We can either challenge the Bible, or we can let the Bible challenge us.” How has God used the Bible to challenge you in the past or present?
- Finally, look back over the list you made in Question #1. Take a moment to pray together for God’s help in overcoming these obstacles as you begin this week’s practice.
- The Bible Project
- “Unbreakable: What the Son of God Said About the Word of God” by Andrew Wilson.
- “How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth” by Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart.