This Reading Guide has been designed for use during “How We Live” Message Series South Ridge Church – February — March 2019
A Note from Pastor Justin:
The Bible is not just a book, but is 66 books written by dozens of different authors and copied from one generation to the next, and the next, and the next, so much so that it’s still the most-printed collection of writings in history. Despite such a rich history, it isn’t hard to find others who say or think, “The Bible is old. It’s outdated. It doesn’t have anything of real value.”
But research continues to show that the number one thing people do to grow, is read the Bible. Yes, eating healthy is helpful. Exercise, too. Even prayer and silence is soothing to the soul. But reading the Bible is the foundation upon which wisdom is built. Not because the Bible is God. But because it was given to us by God, to reveal to us who we are, how we live, and provide us a glimpse as to what’s next.
Over the next six weeks, South Ridge Church will continue our study through Paul’s letter, 1 Corinthians. These messages will focus on some specific points the Apostle Paul mentioned about how the people of Corinth were to live. But it’s important to note that Paul didn’t just wake up one day and decide to write to the Corinthians. Instead, his letter was a response to a letter he first received from them. In 1 Corinthians 7:1, Paul writes, “Now for the matters you wrote about…” It’s pretty clear that his letter was written to encourage them, to guide them, and when necessary, to reprove them, because they were thinking or behaving in ways that were not setting a good example.
As we begin this new message series, we encourage you to:
- Commit to joining us every week of this series.
- Commit to reading through this Reading Guide, reflecting well on the questions provided within each daily reading.
- Use a good Study Bible and/or other resources as you read through this Reading Guide. Some recommendations include the NLT Study Bible, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible, among others. Click here for more information on many excellent Study Bibles available today.
- Write down questions you have about what you’re reading, and take opportunities to seek out answers to those questions.