Well, summer has unofficially arrived (it’s not official until June 21). It’s hard to believe we are almost to the 1/2 way point of 2019! Many of our church family started the year with a commitment to get into the Word more consistently. We call this initiative Treasuring Scripture Together.
So, how is it going for you?
- Are you moving along well, or are has sluggishness set in?
- Has it ended up being a stereotypical New Year’s Resolution, or are you actually surprised at the consistency you’ve seen?
- Did you have a firestorm start only to realize now that you are barely moving?
- Are you ahead in your reading, or do you feel too far behind to even try to catch up?
Wherever you are in this, don’t stop, don’t be discouraged, don’t slow down, and don’t quit!The key to staying faithful in the Word is to not go at it alone. #treasuringscripture #biblicaltruth Click To Tweet
READING SCRIPTURE TOGETHER
The key to staying faithful in the Word is to not go at it alone. That’s why we’ve called this Treasuring Scripture Together. Don’t forget, make it a point to remind and encourage each other to consistently be reading your Bibles and meditating on Truth.
One of the best ways to encourage each other in this is through One-to-One Bible Reading. This is a discipling tool each member should become very familiar with and commit to practicing.
- Meet up with another church member.
- Read a passage of Scripture out loud together.
- Ask a few simple questions about the passage (see image).
- Discuss your thoughts.
- Pray about what you just read and discussed.
- Repeat next week.
Another way of encouraging each other is through technology. You can utilize the YouVersion app or the Treasuring Scripture Together Facebook group. Why not share your thoughts, ask questions, and find encouragement from others?Remember that the purpose is to get the Word deeper into our hearts and minds, not to finish a program. #treasuringscripture #biblicaltruth Click To Tweet
think YOU’RE too far behind?
At the same time, if you are behind in the reading, it really isn’t too difficult to catch up. Take a look at these two infographics1. It’s pretty surprising how little time it actually takes to read through an entire book of the Bible in one sitting. For example, you can read through the Gospel of Mark in less time than it would take you to watch a basketball game. For many, the issue isn’t a matter of time. We have the time. The issue is determining what we will not spend time on so that we can get into the Word.
1Infographics created by Reasonable Theology