Thank you for choosing to engage your relationship with your God and Creator, the One who knows you better than you even know yourself. When we are all connecting with God we are all better for it.
Our relationship with God is the greatest and most important relationship we will ever have. Having a healthy relationship with God is just like any other relationship we have in life - it requires regular communication for it to be healthy.
For us to experience the best relationship possible with God, we need to have regular rhythms of meeting with Him and listening to Him. We need to have regular habits of talking to Him and obeying what He calls us to, devoting our lives to knowing and following God.
As a church, we want to be a people who listen and respond to God on a daily basis. So we make space in our life for daily Devotional Time, or DTs. These DTs include a passage of scripture from the Bible that everyone in the church will be reading together. The Bible is God's Word that He has given to us so that we may hear from Him. There's no better place to start listening to God that through reading the Bible.
Monday, July 31: Genesis 6:5-8, Genesis 8 (Covenant with Noah)
Tuesday, August 1: Genesis 15 (Covenant with Abraham)
Wednesday, August 2: Exodus 19:3-6, Exodus 24 (Covenant with Moses)
Thursday, August 3: 2 Samuel 7 (Covenant with David)
Friday, August 4: Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Daniel 7: 9-14, Zechariah 12:10-14 (Prophecies of Christ)
Saturday, August 5: Matthew 26:26-30, 2 Corinthians 3:7-11, Hebrews 9 (New Covenant with Christ)
Sunday, August 6: Rest, Reflect, Worship
Monday, August 7: Romans 1:16-32
Tuesday, August 8: Romans 2:1-16
Wednesday, August 9: Romans 3:9-31
Thursday, August 10: Galatians 1:6-10, Galatians 2:11-21
Friday, August 11: Isaiah 43
Saturday, August 12: John 1
Sunday, August 13: Rest, Reflect, Worship
Monday, August 14: 1 Thessalonians 1
Tuesday, August 15: 1 Thessalonians 2
Wednesday, August 16: 1 Thessalonians 3
Thursday, August 17: 1 Thessalonians 4
Friday, August 18: 1 Thessalonians 5
Saturday, August 19: Psalm 23
Sunday, August 20: Rest, Reflect, Worship
Monday, August 21: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Tuesday, August 22: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
Wednesday, August 23: Luke 9:23-25
Thursday, August 24: Matthew 28:16-21
Friday, August 25: John 15:12-13
Saturday, August 26: Mark 10:42-45
Sunday, August 27: Rest, Reflect, Worship
Here is an outline we will use to hear from God as we read His scriptures together:
1. START off by writing the date and the scripture that you are reading at the top of your journal page. This acts as a reference point when you look back at your journal. It also acts as a source of accountability. Sometimes we think it has only been a day or two since we spent time in the scriptures but when we look at our journal we notice that it's actually been three weeks. Yikes!
2. KEY THOUGHT: Read the passage for the day a couple of times. Pray for insight as you meditate on what the passage says. In one or two sentences, write down what you see as the key thought of the passages that you read. Use your own words; imagine summing up what you just read to someone who has never read the Bible.
3. KEY VERSE: Write down the one or two verses, word for word, that grabbed your attention or maybe sums up the passage you just read. This does two things: it causes you to meditate on those verses and it helps you begin to memorize those verses when you write them down.
4. KAIROS: Every time we spend time in God's Word, we should have a kairos moment. Most definitely, there will be times where we hear His voice much louder that others.
- Repent: Write down in a sentence, what is God saying to me? What is He asking me to start, stop, know, or change?
- Believe: Write down in a sentence, what am I going to do in response to what God has told me?
5. PRAYER: Surprisingly, the goal of spending time in God's Word is not to simply read the scripture but to pray the scripture. Based upon the text and what God has spoken to you, write out a prayer to God, like a letter to Him. You could ask Him for wisdom and courage to follow through with what He has asked of you, seek forgiveness for times that you haven't been obedient, or simply pray through the scripture.
As you read various passages from all over the Bible, it's important to remember the context. We always need to pay attention to what is going on around the passage we are reading and be careful not to disconnect a few verses from the whole message of a section of scripture. Understanding the meaning of a verse has to come from understanding the meaning of the entire passage.
To the right, we have provided a schedule of scripture to walk through each week. We encourage you to take Sundays to rest, connect with God, and reflect on what you have read over the past week, along with the kairos moments you have experienced.
We pray that your DTs bring you closer to God and allow you to hear His voice more clearly than ever before.