Week 16 F260 Reading: Day 2

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DAY 2:

Join us at SRC on January 5 as we kick-off the New Year with a new series focusing on The Apostles’ Creed. A new Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will be available at that time. Until then, the F260 readings for December 30 – January 3 are provided below.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 19 & 20

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

Week 16 F260 Reading: Day 1

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DAY 1:

Join us at SRC on January 5 as we kick-off the New Year with a new series focusing on The Apostles’ Creed. A new Devotional & Scripture Reading Guide will be available at that time. Until then, the F260 readings for December 30 – January 3 are provided below.

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 17 & 18

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

 

 

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DAY 5: Review

What did the Scripture readings this week reveal to you about the nature and character of God? What have you learned about yourself throughout the week? 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 15 & 16

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as Savior: Day 4

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DAY 4: A Savior Brings Love

If you were to summarize the entire life of Jesus in just one word, it wouldn’t be prophet, or priest, or king, or even savior. The absolute best word to describe Jesus is Love. 

When a young man asked Jesus which of the Old Testament commandments was most important, Jesus responded by saying that the entire Word of God can be summarized with just two commands – love God and love others. He Himself lived this out by loving God so much and loving you so much that He gave up His life so that you may experience life, and live it to the full. This and this alone ought to make us pause to consider how we can best love God and others ourselves.  

The greatest challenge of our lives isn’t to have a job that can support ourselves and our family. It isn’t to be successful. It isn’t to own the nicest car, house, or other ‘stuff’. It’s not about our looks, or what others may or may not think about us. The greatest challenge of our lives is simply determining to love God and others to the best of our ability. 

As 2019 draws to a close, may we enter 2020 with a sincere desire to love God and be loved by God, to love others and be loved by others, and to be the people He has made us to be.

READING & JOURNALING:

1 JOHN 2:3-11

Which verse in this passage sticks out to you the most? 

What is one way you will live out this passage this week?  

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I recognize that your command to love You and love others is such a strong command that I will spend my entire life figuring out how to live it out well. Nevertheless, I want to live it out well, because I know that in living out my faith in love, is the best way to live. Help me to live in love. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 13 & 14

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as Savior: Day 3

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DAY 3: A Savior Brings Life

If you were to talk with 1,000, even 10,000 complete strangers, you would almost certainly discover that each and every one of them have experienced hurt, pain, loss, grief, and other forms of heartache. This is because nobody escapes hurt and pain in this life. Nobody. And even though we may question why we all experience pain and loss, we must acknowledge that the Scriptures don’t teach that life will be without challenges. 

But despite the challenges of life, the Scriptures do teach that we can experience a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Similarly, the Scriptures teach that we are no longer condemned to death, and that we can experience a new life in Christ. 

While some of the pain and hurts we experience in life cannot be avoided, there are still decisions we can make in order to feel fully alive. Not my team just won an important game kind of feeling, but a feeling of real joy, peace, and contentment that comes from nothing else but God. 

READING & JOURNALING:

ROMANS 8:1, 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

What is something you regularly do to feel fully alive? 

Have you considered the possibility that you sometimes forfeit the right to experience love, joy, (or other things that make you feel fully alive) because you spend too much time numbing the pain in your life? 

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I recognize that I sometimes do mindless activities in order to numb or disengage from the pain in my life. But I’m beginning to see this doesn’t lead joy, because when I escape the pain, I end up escaping from real joy as well. Today, reveal to me some of the ways I’m escaping life, and help me to replace these poor habits with behaviors that are more life giving. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 9 & 10

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as Savior: Day 2

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DAY 2: Born a Savior

When Mary was pregnant with baby Jesus, an angel appeared to her and said, “You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).” After Jesus’ birth, an angel appeared to a group of shepherds and said, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11).” 

These two passages, as well as many others, reveal that all people (1) need saved (or rescued) from our sins, and (2) Jesus is the One who can rescue us.

After Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, many others continued to recognize Him as a Savior. If you were to read through the entire New Testament you would see that Jesus was born a Savior, lived a life in which He regularly rescued people who would have been seen as “outsiders” to the religious elite, and continued to be identified as a Savior for years after HIs life and ministry. Nearly 2,000 years later, billions of people around the world recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

READING & JOURNALING:

MATTHEW 1:21, LUKE 2:11, ACTS 13:23, PHILIPPIANS 3:20, MARK 2:13-17

Re-read Mark 2:13-17. Imagine you were living in ancient Israel around 30 AD. Would you be more likely to (1) find yourself at dinner with Jesus, (2) be one of Jesus’ disciples but not have an answer as to why He was eating with “sinners”, or (3) frustrated with Jesus for spending time with thieves and prostitutes? 

What sticks out most to you from this passage? How can you demonstrate the love of Christ in a significant way this week? 

PRAYER:

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (See Psalm 139: 23-24)

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 3 & 8

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as Savior: Day 1

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DAY 1: The Role of a Savior

Over the previous three weeks we’ve taken the opportunity to see how Jesus fulfilled the roles of a prophet, priest, and king. One person having the wisdom, character, and authority to fulfill all of these roles was completely unheard of. Jesus’ ability to fulfill all three indicated that He was much more than a prophet, much more than a priest, and much more than a king. He was and continues to be, a savior for people. 

The word savior isn’t a term used often in the English language. As odd as it may sound, some lists of the most commonly used English words indicate that terms such manure and dimage are used more frequently in published writings than savior.

There are many possible reasons as to why the term savior is used so infrequently. One possibility is that the term itself indicates that someone or something is in need of being rescued, and some may object to the idea that they are in need of being rescued.

But this was the primary role of Jesus – to rescue us. Our own safety and protection mattered more to Him than anything. 

READING & JOURNALING:

PSALM 82:3-4, EZEKIEL 34:11-12, COLOSSIANS 1:13

Do you know anybody who objects to the idea that they are in need of being rescued? 

In your own words, how would you express to others that you have been rescued or saved by Jesus?   

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t often think about how to share my faith with others. I would say I believe it’s important to do, but that doesn’t mean I actually go out and do it. This week, provide me opportunities to not just say I believe it’s important to share my faith, but instead, give me opportunities to actually share it. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: 1 Samuel 1 & 2

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as King: Day 5

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DAY 5: Review

What did the Scripture readings this week reveal to you about the nature and character of God? What have you learned about yourself throughout the week? 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: Ruth 3 & 4

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as King: Day 4

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DAY 4: My King

Take a few minutes to think about the past three weeks of your life. How have you spent your time? (If you look at the screen time hours on your phone, what would it say?) Similarly, how have you spent your money? 

Generally speaking, how we spend our time and our money reveals something about us. It reveals whether we like being with other people, or if we prefer to be by ourselves. It reveals if we spend time numbing or escaping from the hassles of life, or if we spend time engaging and enjoying the wonders of life. It reveals if we spend our money on mindless entertainment, or if we spend our money trying to make our family, community, and church stronger. 

Similarly, how we think about Jesus and spend time with Him reveals things about us. It reveals whether we truly see Him as a significant part of our lives, or if He’s somebody we occasionally talk about or pray to. It reveals whether He is the ultimate joy in our lives, or if we seek ultimate joy elsewhere. In the end, it reveals if we really, truly desire Him as our King. It reveals whether or not He and He alone is the mark of righteousness and rule in our lives. 

READING & JOURNALING:

MATTHEW 6:19-24, MATTHEW 12:34

Think about how you have spent your time and money over the past three weeks. In your own words, what does this reveal about you?  

What, if anything, is getting in the way of Jesus being the ultimate ruler (king) in your life? 

 PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I have not spent all of my time or all of my money in ways that may be honorable to You. I recognize that it’s impossible for me to be perfect this side of heaven, but my desire is for You to be at the center of all things in my life. May You continue to work in and through me in remarkable ways. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: Ruth 1 & 2

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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Jesus as King: Day 3

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DAY 3: All Authority

After Jesus’ death and resurrection He appeared to His disciples and shared the Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20 reads, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The words all authority reveal that Jesus is very much in charge. He has the ability, power, strength, authority, capability – and because of what He had accomplished – the right to rule over the hearts and minds of others. As such, He commanded His disciples to go out in His name, making disciples of others. 

The apostle Paul, who was not one of Jesus’ original disciples, came to recognize the authority of Jesus, and even wrote, “…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).” 

READING & JOURNALING:

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11

In what ways did Jesus show Himself to be a King who was worth following? 

What do you think His followers decided to give up in order to fully follow Him? 

Is there anything you may need to give up in order to more fully follow Him? What’s preventing you from doing so?

 PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I’m very grateful for the life of Christ and the example He set on how to live and how to love. Today, I recognize there are many things I ought to “give up” in order to follow You more fully. As I do so, I pray that You awaken my life and my soul so that I may see myself and others in the same way You do. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

Read: Judges 15 & 16

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

 

Note: Are you looking for a Study Bible to help you engage with the Scriptures at a deeper level? If so, click here for some recommendations.

Next Message Series: Beginning January 5

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