CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE READING
MAY 13 – DECEMBER 31, 2018
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For the most part you will be reading 3, and sometimes 4 chapters a day. Because the holidays are busy, I moved Revelation to early November rather than December.
Part 2 of our Bible Reading plan covers Israel’s United Kingdom Era through the New Testament.
BIBLE PERIOD 6: UNITED KINGDOM 1051-931 B.C.
You will note that 1 & 2 Chronicles repeat the history recorded in 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. The reason: the writer of Chronicles is much more concerned with tracing genealogy and, more importantly, with the TEMPLE!
There is a major political change when Solomon dies. His death is recorded in both 1 Kings 11, and again in 2 Chronicles 9. With the death of Solomon we have the end of the United Kingdom Era when all 12 tribes formed a single nation: Israel.
The major events in the United Kingdom Era:
- The reign of Saul
- The reign of David
- The reign of Solomon and his writing of three books
- Solomon’s departure from the faith and God’s judgement on him which was to split the kingdom as recorded in 1 Kings 11.
BIBLE PERIOD 7: DIVIDED KINGDOM 931 B.C. – 722 B.C.
BIBLE PERIOD 8: THE SINGLE KINGDOM 722 B.C. – 586 B.C.
After Solomon dies in 931 B.C., the Kingdom of Israel split into two kingdoms as a judgment of God on Solomon. The Northern 10 tribes retained the name of Israel, and the southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin became known as Judah. So, from here on, the text traces their separate kings and events. As time went on, God allowed the northern kingdom to go into exile to Assyria, and eventually the southern kingdom of Judah to go into captivity to Babylon.
Prophets to the Northern Kingdom: The Northern Kingdom lasted from 931 B.C. until their captivity in 722 when Shalmaneser, King of Assyria carried them away to Assyria. (2 Kings 18:9-12) During the Northern Kingdom’s 209 years of existence there were three writing prophets that ministered to them: Jonah, Amos, and Hosea.
Prophets to the Southern Kingdom: The Southern Kingdom lasted much longer and had many more prophets. They lasted until 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar’s army destroyed the city of Jerusalem and put an end to the monarchy. Many Jews were carried into captivity during three sieges, 605, 597, and 586 B.C. The writing prophets during the 345 years of Judah’s monarchy were: Obadiah, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Joel, and Jeremiah.
BIBLE PERIOD 9: THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY 606 B.C. – 536 B.C.
There were three deportations of the Jews to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. The first was in 605 B.C. when Daniel and his friends were taken. The second was in 597 B.C. when Ezekiel was taken. The third was in 586 B.C. when nearly the entire population of Judah and Jerusalem were taken, and the city and temple were destroyed. This horrible time was mourned by Jeremiah in Lamentations.
BIBLE PERIOD 10: RETURN AND REBUILD 536 B.C. – 400 B.C.
BIBLE PERIOD 12: THE LIFE OF CHRIST 4 B.C. – 30 A.D.
BIBLE PERIOD 13: SPREAD OF THE GOSPEL 30 A.D. – JESUS
The Book of Acts provides the historical framework for the rest of the New Testament.
JANUARY 1 – MAY 4, 2018
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The following Bible reading plan is designed to help the reader know the historical context of what they are reading.
THE OLD TESTAMENT:
Basically, the Old Testament is the record of the history of the nation of Israel as God’s chosen people, and the covenant relationships He established with them.
Bible Period 1: Creation to Abraham 4004 – 2165 B.C.
SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1-11
God took only the first 11 chapters of Genesis to establish the background for the history of Israel. In those 11 chapters, we learn about four main events:
- Creation, in which all things, including the stars were created.
- The Fall of man, whereby Adam and Eve became sinners with a sinful human nature, and as a result, all persons born into this world are sinners, alienated from God.
- The Flood whereby God destroyed all but the family of Noah and pairs of animals of each kind.
- Babel whereby God confused the language of the people so that they were scattered over the face of the earth.
Bible Period 2: Abraham – Exodus 2165 – 1446 B.C.
SCRIPTURES: Genesis 12 – Exodus 15, and the Book of Job
There are six major events in this Bible Period:
- The life of Abraham and God’s covenant with him.
- The life of Isaac and God’s covenant passed on through him.
- The life of Jacob and God’s covenant passed on through him and his descendants. Jacob’s name changed to Israel. Also the Book of Job happens sometime during the time of the Patriarchs (Abraham – Joseph). It is interesting that while God was dealing with His chosen people, he also had Job, a faithful servant of God, unrelated to Abraham.
- The life of Jacob’s sons with emphasis on Joseph being sold as a slave to the Egyptians, and subsequent rise to power. Then, bringing the rest of the family down to Egypt, where they stayed for 430 years, growing to a nation of approximately two million people.
- The Oppression of Israel in Egypt.
- The Deliverance of Israel from Egypt. God used Ten Plagues, the final one being Passover in delivering Israel from Egypt.
Bible Period 3: Wilderness Wanderings: 1446 – 1406 B.C.
SCRIPTURES: Exodus 16-40, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
There are 11 major events in this Bible Period:
- Israel moves to Mt. Sinai.
- They are given the Law at Sinai and enter into the Mosaic Covenant with God.
- They build the Tabernacle.
- They receive the Book of Leviticus.
- Then, they move from Sinai to Kadesh-Barnea
- Where spies are sent into the Promised Land.
- Upon the spies return the people of Israel vote not to go into the Land.
- God judges them with the wilderness wandering for 40 years.
- They receive the Books of Numbers and Deuteronomy.
- Joshua is appointed as Moses’ successor.
- Moses’ death.
Because of the large number of the Psalms, we are also starting to read them here, even though only one of them (Psalm 90) was written by Moses, and some even during the life of Ezra (400 B.C.). Historically, most of the Psalms belong to the period of the United Kingdom.
Bible Period 4: Conquest of Canaan 1406 – 1350 B.C.
SCRIPTURES: The Book of Joshua
There are two major events in the Bible Period:
- Crossing the Jordan.
- Conquering Canaan.
ARCHIVED READINGS BELOW:
JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Jan 8: Acts 1 – Concerning God’s timetable for this world, what was the concern of the apostles in 1:6? Jesus directs them to God’s new program – the Church. What did Jesus say they needed to wait for? Memorize Acts 1:8. What would be the result of the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church? (Acts 1:8) “You shall be _________ ___________________________________.”
Jan 9: Acts 2 – We date the birth of the Church to this chapter. It began with the giving of the Holy Spirit, and must always be thus empowered. The 12 apostles were very common men until they were empowered to do God’s work. Suddenly, common men did uncommon things in the building of God’s Church. Acts 2:23 is worth contemplating. God is not the author of evil. But, God can and does use all things to work for our good and His glory. Notice the divine side: “Him being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God.” And notice the human sinful side, “you with wicked hands have crucified and put Him to death.” In verse 42 are 4 things the early Church met to do. What are they?
Jan 10: Acts 3 – The healing of the lame man in the name of Jesus had what effect on the crowd? a) It had no effect, b) they were amazed, c) the healing gave credibility to Peter’s message, or, d) both b and c.
Jan 11 Acts 4 – What effect did the healing the lame man have on the religious leaders at the temple? a) they were converted to Christianity, b) they denied the miracle, c) the miracle made them afraid that more people would begin to follow the Apostles. Note in verses 3-21 the arrest of the church leadership and threats on them. It arose out of jealousy and fear.
Jan 12 : Acts 5 – The death of Ananias and Sapphire reminds us of the Old Testament story of Achan in Joshua 7. There God commanded Israel to stone him and his family because he stole articles from Jericho which were forbidden by God. He and his family were made an example of God’s judgment on disobedience so the rests of Israel would fear God. So, when Ananias and Sapphire lied about the money they were giving to the church, God made an example of them. The result was that the fear of God came upon the rest of the church, and the word of God spread rapidly. As the church grew, the high priest and the Sadducees were filled with what? _____________. So, we have another incidence of persecution to the church leadership. They threw the Apostles in person, but an angel released them during the night. Once again they were arrested and had to say to the leaders, “We must obey __________ rather than men.” What was the plot in verse 33? Instead, what was done to the Apostles in verse 40? _________________________________________________.
Jan 13: Acts 6 – Many scholars see the appointment of these seven men as the origin of the office of deacon. Notice that the seven chosen to take care of the Greek widows all had Greek rather than Hebrew names. One of the seven was Stephen. How is he described in verse 8? Stephen was preaching the risen Jesus when he was arrested. Here is the beginning of the story of what happened to Stephen. Again, the church leadership is being persecuted and will suffer greatly.
Jan 14: Acts 7 – Stephen gives his defense of his actions not by focusing on himself the the history of rebellious Israel. He finally makes his accusation of the religious leaders calling them men who always resist the Holy Spirit. What is the outcome of this trial? The church now knows just how costly it can be to be a bold witness of the truth. Is it costly today to be a bold witness? What unusual request did Stephen make just before he died?
Jan 15: Acts 8 – Saul began an intensive persecution of the Church in Jerusalem. He was like the Gestapo, going from house to house finding Christians and dragging them out to be imprisoned. Meanwhile, Philip went north to Samaria and preached. There a man named Simon was amazed at the signs and great miracles taking place and wanted the same ability. Peter rebuked him for thinking that God sells spiritual abilities. He also pointed out Simon’s spiritual problems. What were they? (verses 21-23) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Finally, in this chapter we hear of the ministry of Philip to an Ethiopian official. What passage did Philip explain to this official? _____________________________________________What was the necessary requirement for baptism? (8:37 in the New King James Version or New American Standard). ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Jan 16: Acts 9 – What few words did Jesus speak to Saul on the way to Damascus which changed his whole attitude toward Christianity?____________________________________________________
Jan 17: Acts 10 – This chapter records the Church’s expansion to the Gentiles. In this chapter who went from unclean to clean? ____________________________________________________________________
Jan 18: Acts 11 – Old opinions die hard. It was hard for the Jewish Christians to think God would ever save a Gentile. Peter’s words to many such reluctant Jews helped them see God is calling people from every group of people in the world. This subject would come up again and again, but when we get to chapter 15 we have recorded the first Church Council, and the subject of Gentile salvations is the topic. Note also verse 25. Barnabas saw in Saul the great potential no one else seems to notice. He went to get him and work with him.
Jan 19: Acts 12 – This chapter records the first martyr of an apostle, James, the brother of John. There had been others before who had been martyred for their faith, including Stephen. Later, in Paul’s testimony he would record that before his conversion he had put Christians to death (22:4). Peter was also arrested and the intension was to kill him as well. But a prayer meeting was held, and Peter was delivered from prison the night Herod planned his execution. Instead of Peter’s death, Herod’d death is recorded in the last part of the chapter. How did he die?
Jan 20: Acts 13 – The first missionary journey of Paul commences here. Antioch has become the principle sending church of missionaries to the Gentiles.
Jan 21: Acts 14 – The first missionary journey continues and concludes with this chapter.
Jan 22: Acts 15 – The Jerusalem council is recorded here. The question: Do Gentiles need to first observe Old Testament Laws that identify them with the Jews in order to be part of the Church? The answer: no In the last part of the chapter (verse 36-41) Paul begins his second missionary journey taking with him __________________________. Why didn’t he take Barnabas?________________________________________________________________________________________________________.Here the differences of their personalities come out. Barnabas was a man to work with the underdog with taking only men he could trust to get through the rigors of persecution.
Jan 23: Acts 16 – This chapter contains the first “we” section of the books of Acts, (16:10-17) indicating the presence of Luke with Paul. The Macedonian Vision: This was a vision given to Paul as a request for him to come over to Europe and preach the Gospel there. You and I ought to be very, very thankful for this chapter. It was because of Paul’s efforts here that eventually the Gospel spread throughout Europe to our ancestors. Why were Paul and Silas put in prison?____________________________. If you have not already done so, memorize Acts 16:31.
Jan 24: Acts 17 – Wherever Paul preached there was a great opposition from the enemy. Yet persistent, faithful, clear presentations of Jesus as the risen Savior was what God used to begin these fledgling churches, and He is still doing the same today to bring the lost to Him. Athens contained very few who were looking for the truth, that singular right way to relate to God. They treated all religious teaching as an intellectual debate and took nothing seriously. They just wanted to hear the latest in religious thought, and gave the gospel no more credit than any other religious though. Paul is not opposed in Athens. He is one voice among many. Paul never starts a church there. He is not driven from the city, he just leaves.
Jan 25: Acts 18 – What a contrast Corinth was to Athens! Athens was an intellectual center. Corinth a sin center. It was a trade center known as a place of gross sin. To be called a Corinthian, even in the unsaved world of Gentiles of that day, was an insult. There Paul meets an important couple named ______________________ and his wife _________________________. They will prove to be valuable fellow Christian workers. They also worked together in business. What was their trade?________________________________. How did Paul react to the local Jews who rejected their message? (verse 6) ___________________________________________________________________. How long did Paul stay in Corinth? ________________________________________. Paul leaves Corinth and takes with him Priscilla and Aquila and they sail, heading in the direction of Syria (where the sending church an Antioch Syria was located). But, on the way they stop at Ephesus, and Paul leaves Priscilla and Aquila there. Paul goes on to Jerusalem and then to Antioch in Syria. (There is another Antioch, but it is in Asia Minor and is called Antioch of Pisidia because is is attached to that province. Paul visits that Antioch on all three missionary journeys. In some ways it is opposite to Antioch Syria where Paul is well-received. Much persecution is generated from Antioch Pisidia. This ends the 2nd missionary journey. The third missionary journey begins in the next verse, (verse 23). Paul revisits all the tows where he had previously started churches. Meanwhile back at Ephesus, where Aquila and Priscilla are ministering, a man comes to a town named __________________________. Though he is a believer, he needs some theological help which is given by Aquila and Priscilla.
Jan 26: Acts 19 – Paul gets back to Ephesus and helps some leftover disciples of John the Baptist understand the Lord better. Check out verse 10. How many people in the province of Asia hear the word? __________________________________. In verse 23 the Church is called “The Way”. Demetrius was upset with Paul and his teaching for theological reasons, or monetary reasons, or both? _____________________.
Jan 27: Acts 20 – In this chapter we begin the second of three “we” sections of the book. (20:5 – 21:18) What miracle happened in Troas? Verses 6-10:____________________________________________ I’ll bet that man never fell asleep in the church again! In verses 17-38 we have a stirring account of Paul’s visit with the elders from the church at Ephesus. It is obvious that Paul had a special personal and spiritual bond with these people. Paul tells them of his coming imprisonment revealed to him by prophecy. (verses 22-24) What does he warn them about in verses 29-31? ___________________________________________________________________________________.
Jan 28: Acts 21 – What is the warning given to Paul in verse 4? ___________________________________________________________________. Yet, Paul continued on his way to Jerusalem. When they came to Caesarea, what warning was given Paul? (verses 8-14) ___________________________________________________________________. Yet he does go to Jerusalem. Notice that while in Jerusalem it was Jews visiting Jerusalem from ASIA who caused him trouble. Asia was the area most saturated with the Gospel back in verse 19:10. (By the way, Asia in the New Testament days was a relatively small region in western Asia Minor – today Turkey – so don’t think Russian, India, and China!) Notice how close Paul comes to being killed!
Jan 29: Acts 22 – Paul gives his testimony in Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament commonly known by many of the learned men of Jerusalem. The immediate impression would be that Paul was some kind of Old Testament scholar…so they listened…until he mentioned he was a missionary to whom? _________________________________. (verses 21-22)
Jan 30: Acts 23 – In his trial before the chief priest and Sanhedrin, Paul divides the group by focusing on the subject of the resurrection. Why was this divisive to the council? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________. What encouragement did God give to Paul in verse 11?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________. Forty men were determined to ambush Paul and kill him. How was their plot ruined? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________. So, Paul was moved to what town? _______________________________________. Caesarea was a major work of Herod the Great who made it a great center of government. Located on the coast, he also, at great expense made it a quiet harbor. Great palaces and government buildings were located here. It was made the residence of the Roman Procurator. Felix was the governor there and Paul was to stand trial before him.
Jan 31: Acts 24 – Now in Caesarea a hearing is held with Paul present and accusing Jews from Jerusalem. The matter is undecided. Felix along with his wife do privately inquire of Paul of his faith, but when Paul talks to them about righteousness, self-control, and the judgement to come, Felix got convicted and scared and told Paul, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Those have to be some of the saddest words in the New Testament. Here is a man under conviction and turns away his opportunity to embrace the truth. I doubt there was ever a more convenient time, and Felix died unsaved.
Feb 1: Acts 25 – Festus succeeded Felix as governor. Fetus went to Jerusalem and spent quite a bit of time with the Jews who opposed Paul. So, he was not as much prejudiced against Paul as he was predisposed to appease the Jews. Paul recognized this was the case so he appealed to _______________________. As a Roman citizen, Paul had the right to appeal his case to the highest court, that of Caesar himself in Rome. Once a man appealed to Caesar, all other court proceedings were of no effect.
Feb 2: Acts 26 – King Agrippa and his wife came to Caesarea. Fetus called in Paul so that Agrippa could hear the case to give Festus some kind of charge to write down for Caesar. Paul once again gives his testimony of conversion and his ministry since then. After hearing Paul speak, Agrippa makes another of the saddest comments in the New Testament: “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” Agrippa’s opinion of Paul’s case was that Paul would have most likely been released had he not already appealed to Caesar.
Feb 3: Acts 27 – This begins the third and final “we” section in the book (27:1 – 28:16) Paul is put aboard one ship and then another and begins the journey to Rome. The weather is bad and Paul predicts great loss of the ship. They eventually shipwreck on the island of Malta.
Feb 4: Acts 28 – On Malta, the natives saw Paul get bitten by a poisonous snake, and concluded he was a murderer for being judged by the gods to die from this snakebite. But, when Paul is okay, they concluded he was a god! They continue on with their journey to Rome and along the way meet with a group of Jews interested in his story. Some believed him and others did not. Paul arrived at Rome and spent two years in a rented house preaching the Lord, waiting on his accusers to arrive.
Feb 5: Matthew 28: 16-20 – This is the first of five statements of the Church’s Great Commission given us by our Lord. What is the relationship between Jesus’ statement in verse 18 and His statement in the last part of verse 20?_______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________. What are the three parts of the commission mentioned in verses 19-20?
- Go and __________________________ _______________________________________________ of all nations.
- _________________________________________________________________________________________________. Christ promised His personal ________________________ with us as we evangelize & teach.
Feb 6: Mark 16:15 – This is the second of the five statements of the Church’s Great Commission. Here the emphasis is to ___________________________ the ______________________________ to every person.
Feb 7: Luke 24:46-48 – This is the third of the five statements of the Church’s Great Commission. Here more content of the work of Jesus is emphasized: His death and resurrection. Also, repentance and remission of sins. And, again, the target group is all nations. They were to begin in ___________________________________________.
Feb 8: John 20:21 – This is the fourth of the five statements of the Church’s Great Commission. Here the emphasis is our being sent on a mission just as Jesus was sent on a mission. And just as Jesus did not shirk His duty, so we must not either.
Feb 9: Acts 1:8 – This is the fifth of the five statements of the Church’s Great Commission. Here the emphasis is on our power to carry out our witness to the world. The key is that we must be empowered by the Holy Spirit or we will not succeed.
Feb 10: I Peter 2:9-12 – Here, Peter defines these Gentile believers of Asia Minor with a four-fold title: List the four descriptions:
- A chosen generation
Then Peter given the purpose for the above definition of who we are. What are we to do? Proclaim the ___________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
Peter contrasts who these Gentile believer used to be with what they are now.
- Once you were not a _______________________________ but are now God’s people.
- Once you had not obtained ______________________ but now you have obtained mercy.
- You are now sojourners and _______________________________.
Peter then talks about our testimony can affect our evangelism. Live such good lives among the Gentiles so that _______________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
Feb 11: 1Peter 2:21-23 – Persecution is actually a calling of God on the lives of some to follow in the footsteps of Jesus who also was persecuted. What were these steps?
- when insulated as a Christian do not insult back
- when you suffer do not ______________________________ the person
- entrust yourself to the one who ________________________________ justly
Feb 12: 1Peter 3:14-17 – What advice does Peter give to believers here in regard to persecution?
- Do not be ___________________________
- Sanctify the __________________________________________
- Always be ready to give a __________________________________________________________________ and do it with __________________________________ and fear.
- Always have a good _____________________________________
1Peter 4:12-16 –
- Persecution is not to be thought of as _______________________________ or unusual. (12)
- The believer who is persecuted is actually privileged to share in the ________________________ of Christ.
- There is a reward waiting for those who suffered for Jesus “you may be glad with exceeding joy” (13)
- Persecution means you have been ___________________________________ because the Spirit of glory rests on you. (14)
- Do not be ashamed that you are persecuted but ______________________________ God that you bear His name. (16)
- ______________________________ yourself to your faithful Creator, and continue to do the right thing. (19)
DECEMBER, 2016 BIBLE READING SCHEDULE:
Dec 1 Proverbs 1 Where is the starting place for wisdom? Very early in the book is a warning about the company we keep. Solomon warns his son against what kind of people?
Dec 2 Proverbs 2 In this chapter wisdom must be sought after. You have to really want to live a wise life and be willing to learn from others. Also, this chapter gives us the first warning against what kind of women? You can tell a wise man by the women he keeps company with.
Dec 3 Proverbs 3 Rather than isolate verses 5 and 6 read verses 1-8 as a unit. Verses 11-12 are quoted in Hebrews 12. What advantages are given in this chapter to the man who builds wise relationships with others?
Dec 4 Proverbs 4 4:5-9 is in some ways a summary of the book of Proverbs. Memorize them. Also in this chapter is 4:23, another key verse I recommend you commit to memory. Guarding your heart guards your life.
Dec 5 Proverbs 5 Be money smart! Think ahead!
Dec 6 Proverbs 6 Do not co-sign a note! Do not become lazy! Check out the seven things God hates. Again, a warning against what kind of women?
Dec 7 Proverbs 7 Another warning against what kind of women?
Dec 8 Proverbs 8 Here, wisdom is personified as a woman.
Dec 9 Proverbs 9 Two women are in this chapter. Wisdom personified as a woman, and guess who else? Right…the immoral married woman! How many times does this make that Solomon has given this warning?
Dec 10 Proverbs 10 Live according to God’s wisdom and you live a longer, happier, more secure, more productive life.
Dec 11 Proverbs 11 How many types of people are mentioned in this chapter?
Dec 12 Proverbs 12 What two kinds of persons are mentioned in verse 1? A person who hates to be corrected is ________! Finally, in verse 4 a good woman! But, of course she is contrasted with a woman who causes what? That does this chapter say about the tongue?
Dec 13 Proverbs 13 What two kinds of sons are contrasted in verse one?
Dec 14 Proverbs 14 Another wise woman! What does she do? Notice verse 12: man gives himself too much credit in discovering the right way to live. That is why we need God’s wisdom! What does this chapter say about anger? About national righteousness?
Dec 15 Proverbs 15 What does this chapter say about our words? Good relationships are better than great bank accounts?
Dec 16 Proverbs 16 What does verse 3 mean? Check out verse 7. Starting in verse 13 this chapter is peppered with wisdom about what we say…our words. What does this chapter say about honesty in our business? I think of verse 25 as a lighthouse verse. Our inner compass will shipwreck us, but God’s wisdom will preserve our lives.
Dec 17 Proverbs 17 This chapter has a LOT to say about what we say! Also, fools and wise peole are contrasted in this chapter.
Dec 18 Proverbs 18 Have you met a man described in verse 2? I have concluded that some people just like to hear themselves talk and consider themselves experts in things they know little about. Once again, this chapter has a lot to say about our speech. How many verses address that important subject? What does verse 24 say about obtaining friends? And a really good friend does what? Are you that kind of friend?
Dec 19 Proverbs 19 Money and friends seem to go together quite nicely…but when you are poor…? How does having good judgment affect how quickly we get angry? (verse 11) Hey! Another proverb on a good woman (verse 14). Of course, it follows warnings about a contentious wife in verse 13). Again, remember! You can tell a wise man by the women he keeps company with! What does verse 19 say aboutbailing out a man who has a bad temper? What does this chapter say about being lazy? About parents and children?
Dec 20 Proverbs 20 What does this chapter say about anger and quarreling? About integrity? How true verse 13 is! Notice verse 16…another warning about you know who! What is said about parents and children in this chapter? What is said about revenge in verse 22? What is the glory of a young man? (verse 29) What kind of strength? What is said about discipline?
Dec 21 Proverbs 21 Verse 1 is an important insight into God’s sovereignty over the decisions of government. Put that verse in your own words. Verse 5 is about making good plans. It reveals two outcomes. What are they? What does verse 13 say ab out our concern for poor people? There is that nasty contentious woman again in verse 19! Makes one wonder how many of Solomon’s many wives were contentious! Name three things this chapter has to say about our words.
Dec 22 Proverbs 22 What does verse 6 mean? Is this a promise or a proverb? Verse 13 is an interesting excuse for not going to work. What does verse 15 say about the discipline of a child? What do verses 24 and 25 say about having friends who are angry? How will they affect you? What does verse 28 mean? Compare it to 23:10-11.
Dec 23 Proverbs 23 Verses 1-3 talk about gluttony at a rich man’s table. What warnings are given? What do verses 13-14 say about the discipline of a child? What advice is given about our associations in verses 20-21? Once again, verses 26-28 warn against what kind of women? What is said about alcohol in verses 29-35?
Dec 24 – Luke 2: God directed the timimg of the required registration for the Roman tax to get Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. How would you have responded to the news that your baby has to be born outside? How does this chapter contrast honor and humility? What do the words of Simeon in the temple mean for Jews and Gentiles alike?
Proverbs 24: How could verses 11-12 be applied to abortion? To victims of abuse? What should our attitude be toward our enemies? Verses 1-18. What should be our attitude toward those who do evil? (verses 19-20) (These same words are greatly expanded upon in Psalm 37.)
Dec 25 – Matthew 1:18-2:23: In this chapter we are told of the struggle of Joseph concerning Mary’s mysterious pregancy. What would be naturally assume? It too an angel to convince him otherwise. How does the worship of Jesus by foreign peoples (the magi) serve as a commentary on the lack of spiritual insight of the religious leaders in Israel?
Proverbs 25: How does Proverbs 25:2 serve as a further rebuke of the religious leaders at the news that Messiah has been born in Bethlehem, but they evidently do not search out the matter?
Dec 26 Proverbs 26 This chapter says a lot about how inappropriate it is to honor a foolish person. What does this chapter say about lazy people? About minding your own business? About gossips?
Dec 27 Proverbs 27 Verse one is quoted in James 4:13-17 where it is expanded upon. Check it out. What does verse 10 mean? What does verse 17 mean?
Dec 28 Proverbs 28 What does verse 1 reveal about a person with a guilty conscience? Reflect on verse 13. What does verse 14 say about reverence?
Dec 29 Proverbs 29 What does verse 1 say about stubborn sinners? There are several types of people mentioned in this chapter. Name seven of them.
Dec 30 Proverbs 30 What do verses 4-6 say about the Word of God? What are the two requests in verses 7-9. What does verse 17 say about a child who has contempt for his parents?
Dec 31 Proverbs 31 Finally, a description of the noble woman! And what a fitting way to end this book! Remember: You can tell a wise or foolish manby the kind of women he keeps company with.
NOVEMBER, 2016 BIBLE READING SCHEDULE:
Nov 1 Psalm 20 This psalm reminds us that God is sovereign and the only one adequate to trust in.
Nov 2 Psalm 21 This psalm reminds us of God’s faithfulness to King David.
Nov 3 Psalm 22 This psalm is about Christ as our Savior.
Nov 4 Psalm 23 This psalm is about Christ as our Shepherd.
Nov 5 Psalm 24 This psalm is about Christ as our King.
Nov 6 Psalm 25 This psalm is about God’s guidance.
Nov 7 Psalm 27 Confidence in God’s protection
Nov 8 Psalm 29 Worship Hymn
Nov 9 Psalm 30 Testimony of God’s rescue of David
Nov 10 Psalm 32 David’s plea for forgiveness from sin
Nov 11 Psalm 33 Worship God the Creator
Nov 12 Psalm 34 Great hymn of praise for God’s deliverance
Nov 13 Psalm 36 Great hymn of contrasts
Nov 14 Psalm 37 Take your eyes off man and walk with God
Nov 15 Psalm 40 God gets us out of the pits
Nov 16 Psalm 42 My thirsty soul
Nov 17 Psalm 45,6,7 Three important psalms about Messiah. 45 is rejoicing of the King. 46 is the security of God’s dwelling place, 47 is praise to the King
Nov 18 Psalm 51 A psalm of David’s repentance. This along with Psalm 32 shows us true repentance of the heart.
Nov 19 Psalm 57 A great psalm when you are feeling stressed
Nov 20 Psalm 62 Another great psalm when you are feeling fear
Nov 21 Psalm 63 A thirsty soul
Nov 22 Psalm 68 God is a saving God
Nov 23 Psalm 73 A psalm on nearly lost faith and the wicked’s easy life
Nov 24 Psalms 103, 145 Thanksgiving Day
Nov 25 Psalms 77, 80 Compare these psalms about being in God’s waiting room
Nov 26 Psalm 81 This psalm seems to answer the previous one
Nov 27 Psalm 84 Personal relationship with God
Nov 28 Psalm 86 A prayer for God’s restored blessing
Nov 29 Psalm 89 A praise for God’s love, faithfulness, and power
Nov 30 Psalm 90 A perspective on time
OCTOBER, 2016 BIBLE READING SCHEDULE:
Oct 1 Genesis 32 Who was it that wrestled with Jacob until day break? When did Jacob realize who this was?
Oct 2 Genesis 34 How did this event affect the future of Levi and Simeon later (Genesis 49)
Oct 3 Genesis 35 Whose name was changed in this chapter? What is the significance of that name change?
Oct 4 Genesis 37 How old was Joseph when he was sold into slavery? How old was he when he was placed in command of Egypt? (see 41:46) How much older will he be when he reveals himself to his brothers? (45:3-6)
Oct 5 Genesis 39 What a family tragedy! What kind of man would you say Judah was?
Oct 6 Genesis 39 This chapter contrasts the character of Joseph with Judah’s of the previous chapter. How are the two men different in morals?
Oct 7 Genesis 40 Wy do you suppose God caused the butler and the baker to dream their dreams?
Oct 8 Genesis 41 How has Joseph’s consistent character finally paid off?
Oct 9 Genesis 42 Why did Joseph test his brothers?
Oct 10 Genesis 43 How does this chapter show that Judah has matured aa a person?
Oct 11 Genesis 44 How does this chapter show that Judah loves his father?
Oct 12 Genesis 45 What verse in this chapter stands out as most significant to you?
Oct 13 Genesis 46 Who gets reunited in this chapter?
Oct 14 Genesis 47
How old was Jacob when he went down to Egypt? (by the way, the year was 1876 B.C.)
What does Jacob say about the two sons of Joseph? “They are __________.” How does that affect their inheritance rights? Thus, there is not a tribe of Joseph, but a tribe of Ephraim and a tribe of Manasseh. This action bumps the total number of tribes from 12 to _____.
Oct 16 Genesis 49 In this chapter Jacob gives an analysis of each of his sons’ character and a prediction of their future. What is said of Judah? What is said of Levi and Semeon? Thus, they would never inherit land.
Oct 17 Genesis 50 What deception is offered by Joseph’s brothers after the death of their father?
Oct 18 Psalm 1 What is the fate of the wicked?
Oct 19 Psalm 2 A Messianic psalm this predicts the future reign of Jesus.
Oct 20 Psalm 3 Why was it that David could get a good night’s sleep?
Oct 21 Psalm 6 What was David’s mood when he wrote this psalm?
Oct 22 Psalm 8 Man was given dominion over what?
Oct 23 Psalm 9 In verse one, David’s praise of God was with his whole __________. He promises to talk about all of God’s what? In this psalm God is portrayed as the __________ of the wicked.
Oct 24 Psalm 10 As David writes this psalm he paints a word picture of the wicked. How does he portray them? How does David see God in verse 1? What does David ask God to do in verses 12-15? He ends the Psalm with confidence in God as __________ in verse 16 and as Judge of the ________________ and the oppressed in verse 18.
Oct 25 Psalm 14 This psalm is quoted by Paul in Romans 3. Note that in verse 1 atheists are called __________. But not only that, the rest of verse one says three things about atheists. They are __________ they have done __________ and there is none that ____________.
Oct 26 Psalm 15 This psalm describes a person who is prepared for worship and living in the presence of God. Can you find the 10 character traits listed?
Oct 27 Psalm 16 This psalm (verses 8-11) are quoted by Peter on the Day of Pentacost (Acts 2:25-28) as referring to the resurrection of the body of Jesus, and also in the same way by Paul in Antioch (Acts 13:35-37).
Oct 29 Psalm 17 In this psalm David feels God’s help is urgently needed. Have you ever had a desperate prayer? Note the word pictures in verse 8. Notice verse 15. David sees beyond this life to being in God’s presence.
Oct 30 Psalm 18 This psalm is also recorded in 2 Samuel 22. God has all sorts of ways to protect His people from the enemy. What does God use in this psalm?
Oct 31 Psalm 19 This psalm talks about natural revelation of God in nature and special revelation in the Scriptures.
SEPTEMBER, 2016 BIBLE READYING SCHEDULE:
September 4 Genesis 1 “And God Saw that it was good.” By His standards! God did not create anything inferior or flawed! The present condition of man and the rest of nature is not the same as when first created. The fall of man and curse on the earth has changed a great deal, as is noted in chapter 3.
What was Adam’s God given accupation? What significance did Adam assign to the fact that Eve was taken from him? (verses 23-25) “This is now…” and they will become one…” The “missing” part of man comes back to him in marriage to bring completion.
September 6 Genesis 3 What lie did the serpent tell Eve? What was the curse on the serpent in verses 14-15?
September 7 Genesis 4 What warning did God give to angry Can in verse 7? If Cain would have answered God, how might Cain’s choice of dealing with his anger have changed?
September 8 Genesis 5 Methuselah was what age when he died? In terms of today, 969 years ago was 1047 A.D. Methuselah’s father was Enoch. Enoch did not die. God took him to heaven. So, Methuselah was the oldest person recorded, but he died and his father did not die. So, we could say that the oldest person who lived (Methuselah) died before his father. Give that riddle to someone and watch them scratch their head!
September 9 Genesis 6 Society in Noah’s day had deteriorated. How bad was it? (verses 5, 11, 12)
September 10 Genesis 7 Which animals came by two’s? Which ones by seven’s? (verse 2)
September 11 Genesis 8 After the destruction of the flood was new life. What two birds did Noah send out in verses 7 and 8? What does the image of a dove carrying an olive branch signify today?
September 12 Genesis 9 What change happened in Noah’s diet? (Verse 3) What change happened between man and animals?
Genesis 12 What are the four elements of God’s covenant with Abraham in verse 2? We can say that this is the most important chapter in the Old Testament for understanding God’s dealing with Israel. This covenant is repeated and expanded upon in chapters 13, 15, 17, and 18.
September 14 Genesis 13 Abraham and Lot parted ways. And when they did, this was the first time that Abraham had actually obeyed God’s command to “Get out from your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house, unto a land that I will show you.” (12:1) What did God promise Abraham in verses 14-17?
September 15 Genesis 15 God told Abraham to go outside and do what? What was God’s promise to Abraham?
September 16 Genesis 16 What was the name of the son Hagar bore to Abraham in verse 15?
September 17 Genesis 17 How long will the Abrahamic Covenant endure? (verses 7-8)
September 18 Genesis 18 What did God promise Abraham in verse 10?
September 19 Genesis 19 How did the sons-in-law of Lot respond to the warning of God’s judgment? (verse 14) What does that indicate about their view of God?
September 20 Genesis 21 Why did Sarah want Hagar and Ishmael case out of the home? (verse 9)
September 21 Genesis 22 Abraham was tested! What a test it was! How would you have responded to God’s command to make a burnt offering of your offspring? Later Abraham named the place “The Lord Will Provide”. That place became the temple site.
September 22 Genesis 23 Who sold to Abraham the burial land for Sarah? (verses 8-18)
September 23 Genesis 24 What sign did the servant ask God to give him to direct him to the right woman? (verses 12-14)
September 24 Genesis 25 How many children did Abraham have? (Don’t forget Isaac and Ishmael mentioned back in chapters 16 and 18.)
September 25 Genesis 26 Isaac repeats the same deception as his father (she is my sister).
September 26 Genesis 27 This chapter shows just how dysfunctional Isaac’s family was. What kind of discussion would you imagine took place between Isaac and Rebecca after this event?
September 27 Genesis 28 What does this story tell you about the character of Esau? What was his motive in marrying Mahalath?
September 28 Genesis 29 Working for seven years to get Rachel as his wife was whose idea? How many years did Jacob actually work for Laban to get Rachel? From the sisters’ point of view, their dad was selling them in exchange for seven years of work (see 31:14-15). The bridal week was like a 7-day honeymoon. So, within the space of 7 days, Jacob had two wives!
September 29 Genesis 30 The rivalry of the sisters for Jacob’s affection was the reason they gave their handmaids to Jacob to have children by her on behalf of the sister. It was like, “Ha! Ha! My handmaid had a son so Jacob will now love me more than you!” How would you have liked to have lived in a household like that?
September 30 Genesis 31
What do verses 14-16 reveal about the present attitude of the sisters toward their father? What did Rachel steal from her father? So. . .What conclusion might we draw about the religious beliefs of Laban and his family? (se verses 19, 30, 32, 35)
THREE MONTH GROWTH AND GROUNDING CHALLENGE
SUNDAY MAY 1 – SUNDAY JULY 31, 2016
SPIRITUAL GROUNDING AND GROWTH SELECTION
The following books containing 93 chapters were selected for based on their contribution to our being grounded in the faith, and guided in our spiritual growth. They are scheduled a chapter a day.
The Gospel of John is selected for this reading series because he presents Christ as the Light of the world, the Son of God our Savior. But John also shows us the contrasting ways people respond to the Light of Christ. People either embrace the light entering into a relationship with Him, or chose to remain blind to the Light and try to extinguish the Light. Hence this gospel is called “The Gospel of Belief.”
Romans is basic Christian theology. Wow! Talk about a spiritual grounding book! Everyone should know the contents of Romans because it is so very basic to what Christian faith is all about. It explains man’s sinful lost state, God’s provision of salvation by faith in Christ, our spiritual growth and freedom from the bondage of sin, God’s plan to save His chosen people, and practical steps in daily spiritual growth.
1 Corinthians is another book on practical Christian living in our personal and family lives, as well as the church’s relationships. Several factions and sins had become a problem to the church at Corinth which Paul addresses in this book. Paul also answers questions the church had on matters of spiritual gifts, marital issues, Christian liberty, our responsibilities for our fellow believers, and giving money for the needy. But we also find in this book the wonderful truths about the believer’s resurrection. Finally, we observe a great example for us in how Paul stayed personally connected with his fellow believers.
Galatians is something of a summary of Christian faith, with special emphasis on salvation by grace through faith. It exposes as heresy all attempts to add any works as a contributing factor in our salvation. This book has been called the “Magna Charta of Christian Liberty,” teaching us that we can be saved from the power and penalty of sin by grace through faith. There is a strong emphasis on doctrinal and moral purity.
Ephesians opens our eyes to the unity of Jews and Gentiles in one Body, and the privileges, purposes and functions of Christ’s Church. A strong emphasis is God’s love for us and how we are to imitate that love in our walk with each other. Paul is very practical in this book showing the contrast of the unsaved person’s way of life and the believer’s way of life. The believer’s spiritual “armor” is here taught so that we win our spiritual battles instead of losing to Satan’s schemes.
Philippians is also a book on living the Christian life. He emphasizes following good examples given to us. The humble servanthood of Christ is our example, as are Timothy, Paul, and Epaphroditus. Believers are to put no confidence in their flesh as strength for living our lives. A major goal for believers is to maintain their joy no matter what our circumstances, and to be content.
Colossians again addresses doctrinal and practical issues. He begins by talking about Christ’s deity and supremacy. This is a very practical book on how to live the Christian life. Paul wanted to lead them on to spiritual maturity.
1 Thessalonians was written to encourage believers going through persecution. Paul writes about the rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Christ. He also addresses moral laxity and laziness and a tendency to disrespect spiritual leaders.
James is a practical book that makes us honestly look at the integrity of our faith and Christian walk. He addresses such issues as our trials, our temptations, listening to the word, controlling your temper, pride, the tongue, compassion and giving money to help each other.
1 Peter is like a handbook for foreign ambassadors. Peter says we are heaven’s ambassadors in this foreign land of earth. He addresses the hostility of the world to believers who have to suffer. He shows us how Jesus wants us to react just like He did. He also addresses husband/wife relationships, and our
conduct as citizens. He tells us we need a Christ like attitude in this world. He gives instructions to
leaders in the church and other relationships within the church.
1 John is another very practical book for Christians. A major theme is our fellowship with God and each
other. It warns against false teachings, and exhorts us to live obedient to God. It emphasizes God’s love
for us, our love for God and each other.
So, here we go! For the next 92 days we will follow this schedule. A chapter a day, (2 chapters on the
final day). If you get behind, just catch up. Put a check mark by the reference when you get it read. Let’s
learn the wonderful discipline of consistent Bible reading.
Summer 2016 Reading Challenge
May 1, John 1 June 1, Romans 11 July 1, Ephesians 3
May 2, John 2 June 2, Romans 12 July 2, Ephesians 4
May 3, John 3 June 3, Romans 13 July 3, Ephesians 5
May 4, John 4 June 4, Romans 14 July 4, Ephesians 6
May 5, John 5 June 5, Romans 15 July 5, Philippians 1
May 6, John 6 June 6, Romans 16 July 6, Philippians 2
May 7, John 7 June 7, 1 Corinthians 1 July 7, Philippians 3
May 8, John 8 June 8, 1 Corinthians 2 July 8, Philippians 4
May 9, John 9 June 9, 1 Corinthians 3 July 9, Colossians 1
May 10, John 10 June 10, 1 Corinthians 4 July 10, Colossians 2
May 11, John 11 June 11, 1 Corinthians 5 July 11, Colossians 3
May 12, John 12 June 12, 1 Corinthians 6 July 12, Colossians 4
May 13, John 13 June 13, 1 Corinthians 7 July 13, 1 Thessalonians 1
May 14, John 14 June 14, 1 Corinthians 8 July 14, 1 Thessalonians 2
May 15, John 15 June 15, 1 Corinthians 9 July 15, 1 Thessalonians 3
May 16, John 16 June 16, 1 Corinthians 10 July 16, 1 Thessalonians 4
May 17, John 17 June 17, 1 Corinthians 11 July 17, 1 Thessalonians 5
May 18, John 18 June 18, 1 Corinthians 12 July 18, James 1
May 19, John 19 June 19, 1 Corinthians 13 July 19, James 2
May 20, John 20 June 20, 1 Corinthians 14 July 20, James 3
May 21, John 21 June 21, 1 Corinthians 15 July 21, James 4
May 22, Romans 1 June 22, 1 Corinthians 16 July 22, James 5
May 23, Romans 2 June 23, Galatians 1 July 23, 1 Peter 1
May 24, Romans 3 June 24, Galatians 2 July 24, 1 Peter 2
May 25, Romans 4 June 25, Galatians 3 July 25, 1 Peter 3
May 26, Romans 5 June 26, Galatians 4 July 26, 1 Peter 4
May 27, Romans 6 June 27, Galatians 5 July 27, 1 Peter 5
May 28, Romans 7 June 28, Galatians 6 July 28, 1 John 1
May 29, Romans 8 June 29, Ephesians 1 July 29, 1 John 2
May 30, Romans 9 June 30, Ephesians 2 July 30, 1 John 3
May 31, Romans 10 July 31, 1 John 4 & 5