Bible reading plans
It is good for those in the church body to read God's Word regularly. We encourage you to find a partner or group to read through the Bible with in 2020: your spouse, a friend, community group. We hope and pray that you will be encouraged and enriched as you read Scripture together and know God deeper. The following are some reading plan options:
Read Scripture/The Bible Project: following the story of the Bible a few chapters each day, as well as one Psalm per day to pray through. Since it’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed, each day you come to a new biblical book, there is a short animated video on YouTube about its design and message and what to look for as you read.
Professor Grant Horner's Bible reading system: if you're looking for a good challenge, this read-through has you reading 10 chapters each day, one from each of the ten lists from different areas in Scripture. Every year you’ll read through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the OT wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the OT History and Prophetic books about 1 ½ times. Since the interweaving is constantly changing, you will experience the Bible commenting on itself in constantly changing ways.
The Discipleship Journal Bible reading plan: by reading from four separate places in the Scriptures every day, you should be able to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures, as well as enjoy the variety of four different viewpoints. This plan is scheduled for 25 days out of every month.
52 week Bible reading plan: this plan functions by week instead of by day, drawing a couple chapters each week from the following categories: Epistles, the Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and the Gospels.
In the following video, Francis Chan talks about why it is so valuable that people read the Word of God:
Reading & tools for learning
The Bible Project is a fantastic free resource for anyone to use, no matter if you know the Bible really well or have never read it before. Based in Portland, this team creates videos about all sorts of things: books of the Bible, words used in the Bible, themes and types of literature in the Bible: all for the purpose of being "committed to helping the whole world see the Bible as one unified story that leads to Jesus" (their mission statement). These videos and study guides can be used individually or in groups! Check out the video below for further explanation and explore their website at www.thebibleproject.com for their vast library of tools and videos.
Throughout the history of the church, Christians have used catechisms--collections of questions and answers designed for memorization--to teach others the core doctrines of the faith. The New City Catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at reintroducing this ancient method of teaching to Christians today. The short book lays out 52 questions and answers related to God, human nature, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and more. Whether used devotionally, recited orally, or memorized over the course of a year, families, churches, small groups, and Christian school will treasure it as a valuable tool for teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children and adults alike.
The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. This introduction to systematic theology has several distinctive features: - A strong emphasis on the scriptural basis for each doctrine and teaching - Clear writing, with technical terms kept to a minimum - A contemporary approach, treating subjects of special interest to the church today - A friendly tone, appealing to the emotions and the spirit as well as the intellect - Frequent application to life - Resources for worship with each chapter - Bibliographies with each chapter that cross-reference subjects to a wide range of other systematic theologies.
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David--every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle--the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation--and at the center of their Story too.
In the following video, Jen Wilkin talks about what it looks like to raise a family in our culture with the hope that children would know, love, and serve God with everything that they have:
Pastor Gary's current reading list
The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments, by Thomas R. Schreiner.
When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, Ryan T. Anderson.
Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow.
Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants, Peter Gentry and Peter Wellum.
Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems, J.D. Greear.
The Lord of the Rings-One Volume, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Of Temptation, John Owen.
Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John’s Gospel, Andreas J. Kostenberger and Scott R. Swain.
Our favorite blog sites
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by Julianna Lawson- "A few of my rambling thoughts along the way . . . . Would you care to join me? I'll put the kettle on."
Julianna is a gifted author, wife, and mother of 4 delightful children. Julianna is considered "family" here at Harvest. She and husband Jamie live with their brood in Vancouver.
by Ron Frost
Ron is a supported missionary working with Barnabas Ministries in Portland. Ron is an inspired teacher, encouraging us all in Bible read through -- check out his site to get started.
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