Last week, our elders began a 100 day Bible reading plan entitled “The Essential Jesus.” This plan covers many of the key passages in the Bible about Jesus. It begins in the New Testament giving us glimpses into the nature of Jesus. It continues by looking at a number of passages in the Old Testament that speak to how God reached out to the world in the past and the predictions of the coming of the Messiah. It then moves into the gospels focusing on passages that describe Jesus’ birth, his life and teachings as well as his death and resurrection. The final passages look at the hope that is offered through Jesus.
As people who claim to be followers of Jesus, we need to be reminded again and again who Jesus really is. And, of course, the best place to gain those reminders is through the Bible. Even when we have been attending church regularly, participating in Bible studies or Sunday School or even reading the Bible on a regular basis, we need to take advantage of opportunities to focus specifically on the Bible’s teaching about the one we follow, serve and trust.
I myself began “The Essential Jesus” reading plan earlier this spring and found it to be both helpful and insightful which was the primary reason I recommended it to the elders. When the elders began this process together as a group on August 15, I began reading with them through the plan a second time and intend to read all the way through. In the first few days of this second time through, I am already finding insights and lessons I missed the first time. And this is coming from passages that I have read on many occasions in the course of my life and ministry.
There are a wide variety of Bible reading plans that are available these days. Not all of them last 100 days–some are shorter and some are longer. Not all focus on Jesus, they can be found on a variety of topics. All of us as Christians can benefit from these kind of plans. We claim the Bible as sacred and inspired, but too often we forget to spend much time reading it. If you would be interested in a reading plan, contact either Deann or myself and we can suggest several options. There are many reading plans in print, but even more are available if you have access to the internet.
If you are looking to grow spiritually, there is no better place to begin than the Bible. I pray that we all take advantage of what it offers.
God bless, Hank