The Full Booklet
February 7, 2021 | Leviticus Outline + Sermon
January 29, 2021 | Anticipating Leviticus and Hebrews
These books may initially feel a bit intimidating and perhaps even dry. But, just like every part of the Bible, there are depths of goodness to be mined. A good, old friend has some help for us. Watch the video below.
January 22, 2021 | A Surprise Twist in Plans
Next week, we finish Mark and jump to Galatians and a few other letters later in the New Testament. But why? There are two reasons, one is pretty simple and the other requires some unpacking.
First, the simple reason. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are spaced out throughout the year so we keep coming back to the life and teachings of Jesus.
Second, the lengthier reason. The Read & Enjoy plan is roughly in chronological order.
Biblical scholarship shows good reason to estimate Mark being written around the late 50’s AD, possibly in the 40’s and Galatians around that same time probably before 48 AD. The order of the New Testament books were organized in a very simple fashion:
The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
Letters in order by author then length (Acts, Romans, 1 + 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 + 2 Thessalonians, 1 + 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James 1 + 2 Peter, 1 + 2 + 3 John, Jude)
While following a Chronological plan may feel like jumping around, it can be a wonderful opportunity to make connections across the Bible and to the storyline of the Bible – the good news of God’s rescue of people out of sin and back to Himself.
So, for example, when we read Galatians 5 and the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit, we can connect it back to Jesus’ teaching on the heart (Mark 7). We remember how Jesus’ death and resurrection secures transformation for those who trust in Him.
Or for those reading the Old Testament, when we read Galatians 3, we can recall quickly from our Genesis reading that like Abraham, we indeed receive justification and the Spirit not by keeping the rules, but by faith (Genesis 15:6).
Keep going all! May God open our eyes to see how Christ dwells on every page.
One more thing…look out for a fun video next week!