Daily Bible Reading Plan

We are kicking off a new months-long series that will take us through the entire New Testament. We recognize that this is quite the commitment, but we know there is no better foundation for our lives than God’s Word. As we enter next year, we believe God is calling us to hear anew the Christian narrative... not only as a church, but as individuals, families, and groups.

As we read through the New Testament together on Sundays, each week’s message will come from a portion of the scripture readings for that week. If you do not already have a plan for the new year, we invite you to participate by following along with our weekly reading plan, either in your personal or family devotions or with a group of friends. We will also provide a discussion outline each week to facilitate the conversations we pray you are having with your family and groups.

Our prayer is that by doing this we will all experience the extraordinary life of Jesus… not just as a community, but as families and individuals as well.

 

Discipleship Conversations

The 'Discipleship Conversations' questions make it easy to talk about your daily Bible Reading plan with your friends, family, or Life Group!

 

 

Faith Story - Luane Lesser

Luane Lesser always thought of the Bible as a reference book. But now after doing the Daily Bible Reading Plan have found it to be more. She feels like reading the Bible has brought her closer to God and given her the desire to share the Word with others.

 

 

 

The Danger of AngeR

For Adult Homes or Groups 

Read Ephesians 4:26-27. Are we living in “The Age of Rage”? Many believe so. Anger often fuels lots of behaviors, most of them bad. Discerning what “righteous” anger might be, versus unrighteous, is not as easy as one might think. What does God’s word say to God’s people? 

1. Discuss among one another what makes you angry? 
2. Read 2 Corinthians 12:20, Galatians 5:20, Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8. What conclusions can you draw about unrighteous anger - its source, its outcome, its seriousness? 
3. How can we prevent anger from leading to sin? (See Ephesians 4:26 and Psalm 4:4) What are some questions you might ask yourself as you “search your heart” regarding your anger? 
4. Why does James say we should be “slow to become angry” (James 1:19-20). 
5. How can we “get rid of” anger (Ephesians 4:31, Romans 12:19, Mark 11:25) 
6. Hebrews 12:15 says, “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” How can experiencing God’s grace help us overcome anger? 

For Families with Kids 

1. Read Ephesians 4:26-27 with your family. 
2. Everyone share something that makes them angry. Why does it anger you? 
3. How can Jesus help us to deal with anger the right way? 
4. Read Ephesians 4:32. How does God’s forgiveness help us to forgive others? 
5. Bonus Activity: Sometime this week, create elephant toothpaste! A quick internet search will show you how. But be careful! After you enjoy creating elephant toothpaste with your family, remind your kids that anger can feel uncontrollable, much like elephant toothpaste. However, as we spend time with God through prayer and reading his Word, the Holy Spirit can help us control that anger by building up patience and gentleness in us.

Bear One Another’s Burdens

For Adult Homes or Groups
1. Read Galatians 6:1-10.
2. What is something heavy that you have had to move? How did you move it? Did you move it by yourself? If you needed someone’s help, did you try to move it by yourself at first?
3. Sometimes we feel like we have the “weight of the world” on our shoulders. What is a “weight of the world” you are feeling this week?
4. In what ways is Jesus taking the burden of sin and death from us similar to us helping people with their burdens in this life? In what ways is it different?
5. The burden that we get to carry is living a faithful life of loving God and loving our neighbor. What burden do you feel God asking you to bear on behalf of a neighbor this week?
6. Pray for the burdens of those in your group and those of your neighbors who God is calling you to help.


For Families with Kids
1. Read Galatians 6:2-5. If you have young children, you can simply read Galatians 6:2.
2. Have everyone share about something heavy they have lifted. Did they lift the object by themselves or did they need help?
3. Sometimes, carrying one another’s “heavy loads” is not about a big heavy object. It’s about helping each other. Since today is Mother’s Day, have everyone share something that their mom or other family member has done to help them.
4. Bonus Activity: This week, thank someone who has helped you or mentored you.