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Off the Shelf: Week 13 (Dec. 1 – 7) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed any of the weeks in this plan, you can find them here: https://www.firstdecatur.org/messages/offtheshelf/

WEEK THIRTEEN

Hello, and welcome to the final week of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Congratulations on completing this plan!

Last week we read from four of the letters that the Apostle Paul wrote. In total, our Bible contains 13 letters written by the Apostle Paul. Following Paul’s letters are other letters written by five additional authors. This week, we will conclude this plan by reading from letters written by Peter, John, and Jude. We will spend the last two days reading the final four chapters of the Bible in the book of Revelation.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read 1 Peter 1. This letter was written by Jesus’ disciple named Peter and is one of two letters in our Bible authored by Peter. Peter wrote this letter to encourage Jesus followers to stand firm in their faith despite the oppression they were facing because of their faith. With that in mind, today read 1 Peter 1.  

DAY 2  |  Today we will read 1 John 1-2.  This letter was written by Jesus’ disciple named John, who also wrote the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation. This letter is one of three letters written by John to address theological and behavioral issues in the Christian communities he was writing to. Keep this purpose in mind today as you read 1 John 1-2

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Jude. Jude was the half brother of Jesus, and he wrote this letter to warn his recipients about false teachers. Today, read Jude

DAY 4  |  Today we will read Revelation 19 & 20. The book of Revelation was written by Jesus’ disciple named John, who also wrote the Gospel of John and the letters we know as 1, 2 and 3 John.  John wrote this book to seven churches in what is modern-day Turkey. The book of Revelation can be confusing to read because it is a letter, but it also contains prophetic and apocalyptic literature. In other words, it contains prophecy and images that are difficult for us to decipher with absolute certainty. The good news is that we can decipher the overall message of Revelation. That message is that in the end, Christ will return, evil will be abolished, all will be made new, and we will be with God. Over the next two days, we will read the final four chapters of Revelation. As you read these chapters, please keep the overall message in mind. Today, read Revelation 19 – 20

DAY 5  |  Today we will read the final two chapters of the Bible. Please keep the notes from day 4 in mind as you read. Today, read Revelation 21-22.  

Thank you again for joining us on this journey over the past 13 weeks. We hope this has been an opportunity to better understand the overall story of the Bible.  As we move forward from here we would encourage you to continue in the practice of reading your Bible every week. Please check out the reading plans at https://my.bible.com/reading-plans for ideas. There are incredible plans on a variety of topics, and you can even read with friends. Thanks again for joining us for Off the Shelf!

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Off the Shelf: Week 12 (Nov. 24-30) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check week 11 out here.

WEEK TWELVE

Hello, and welcome to week twelve of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we read from the book of Acts. This book captures the account of Jesus’ followers after he ascended into Heaven. On days 4 and 5 last week, we read about the Apostle Paul. While the Apostle Paul was not one of Jesus’ disciples, he was one of the key people God chose to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the known world. Paul wrote more of the New Testament than any other author. His writings are letters to first-century churches and individuals to encourage them and challenge them in their faith. This week we will read from four of the letters that Paul wrote. This sample reading will give us a taste of the kind of content these letters cover.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read Galatians 5-6. These two chapters contain instructions on how we should live as Christians. Paul encourages the Galatian believers to live by the Spirit and then offers wisdom on what that kind of life looks like.  Today, read Galatians 5 & 6

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Ephesians 4. This chapter emphasizes unity and maturity amongst Christ-followers. Because this is a shorter reading, please take the time to reflect on what these words mean for you today. Today, read Ephesians 4

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Ephesians chapters 5-6. These two chapters are a continuation of what we read yesterday.  Again these chapters contain wisdom for what it means to be a Christian.  Chapter six ends with a well-known passage encouraging us to “arm” ourselves with God’s word. Today, read Ephesians 5 & 6

DAY 4  |  Today we will read 1 Timothy 1. Timothy was a protege of the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote this letter to encourage Timothy to remain strong in his faith and to commit himself to the tough work of ministry. Today, read 1 Timothy 1

DAY 5  |  Today we will read 2 Timothy 3-4. 2 Timothy is another letter written by the apostle Paul to Timothy. These two chapters contain some powerful instructions to Timothy from Paul. Today, read 2 Timothy 3 & 4.

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire Bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 11 (Nov. 17-23) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check week 10 out here.

WEEK ELEVEN

Hello, and welcome to week eleven of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we finished a two-week study about Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension. This week we will be reading from the book of Acts.  As a reminder, the book of Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. This book captures the account of Jesus’ followers after he ascended into Heaven. It gives us an understanding of the beginnings of the Church, the difficulties they faced, and the spread of the Gospel message.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read Acts 2. This chapter records the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost means “fiftieth day” and was a Jewish holiday that occurred 50 days after Passover. This chapter is incredibly important because it marks the beginning of the new covenant and the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all Jesus followers. Before this event, the Holy Spirit only came on specific individuals at specific times. Today, read Acts 2.

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Acts 3-4. These chapters contain the beginning of Peter and John’s journeys to live out Jesus’ final instructions to make disciples of all nations. In these chapters, we see Peter performing a miracle and speaking through the power of the Holy Spirit. These actions led to Peter and John being arrested.  To learn more, today read Acts 3-4.  

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Acts 6-7. These two chapters contain the powerful story of the martyrdom of Stephen. While this is a sad event, it is also an incredible testimony to Stephen’s faith. Today, read Acts 6-7

DAY 4  |  Today we will read Acts 9. This chapter captures the account of Saul’s conversion. Not only is this a compelling story of transformation, but Saul becomes the Apostle Paul, who ends up writing the majority of what we now call the New Testament. Today, read Acts 9

DAY 5  |  Today we will read Acts 13-14. While the Apostle Paul was not one of Jesus’ disciples, he was one of the key people God chose to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the known world. The book of Acts records the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys. Today we will read about the first of those journeys. Today, read Acts 13-14

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

 

 

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Off the Shelf: Week 10 (Nov. 10-16) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out week 9 here.

WEEK TEN

Hello, and welcome to week ten of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we began a two-week study about Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The accounts we read last week and will read this week all come from the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books are ancient biographies that were written to explain who Jesus was, what he did, and what it means to follow him.

The first four days this week, we will read from the Gospel of John. Most scholars agree that the author of John was Jesus’ disciple named John. John’s gospel is the most unique of the four gospels. While Matthew, Mark, and Luke contain many of the same accounts and teachings, John’s gospel gives us additional glimpses into aspects of Jesus’ life that are not included in the other gospels. Our readings this week include John’s account of the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection and his eventual ascension. The final day this week, we will read from the book of Matthew about Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples before ascending into Heaven.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read John 15-16. These two chapters contain some of Jesus’ final teachings before his death. Specifically, they include a passage where Jesus predicts his death and resurrection, and another passage that explains the coming of the Holy Spirit. To learn more about this today, read John 15-16

DAY 2  |  Today we will read John 18. This chapter contains John’s account of Jesus’ arrest and trial. Since there is only one chapter to read today, take time to read it slowly and consider what John wanted his readers to understand. Today, read John 18

DAY 3  |  Today we will read John 19. This chapter contains John’s account of Jesus’ death and burial. As with yesterday, take the time to read this chapter slowly and ponder its significance.  Today, read John 19

DAY 4  |  Today we will read John 20. This chapter contains John’s account of Jesus’ resurrection and the followers he appeared to after he rose from the grave. As with the previous two days, this chapter is incredibly significant, so take the time to read it slowly and think about the significance of Jesus’ resurrection. Today, read John 20

DAY 5  |  Today we will read Matthew 28. This chapter contains Matthew’s account of the resurrection and Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples before leaving earth. The last five verses, which contain these instructions, are often referred to as the Great Commission. As we close out this week’s reading, take some time to think through the importance of these words and what they mean for us today as well. Today, read Matthew 28

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THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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Off the Shelf: Week 9 (Nov. 3-9) | Bible Reading Plan

THE BIBLE IN 10 MINUTES, 5 DAYS A WEEK

If you missed last week’s plan, check out week 8 here.

WEEK NINE

Hello, and welcome to week nine of the Off the Shelf bible reading plan. Last week we closed out our reading in the Old Testament. It is important to note that there are more than 400 years between the final writings in the Old Testament and the first writings in the New Testament. These 400 years are sometimes called the silent years. While there is no Biblical account during these 400 years, God was still actively working, preparing the way for his Son to come.

During the next two weeks, we will read about Jesus’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. The accounts we will read all come from the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books are ancient biographies that were written to explain who Jesus was, what he did, and what it means to follow him. This week, we will focus on Jesus’ birth and some of his most well-known teachings. Next week, we will read about Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension. Thank you again for joining us on this journey.

DAY 1  |  Today we will read Matthew 1 & 2. Matthew was one of Jesus’ disciples who was with him each day throughout his earthly ministry.  Matthew wrote his gospel for a Jewish audience, which is why he began the gospel with a genealogy. This genealogy points to Jesus as the only possible descendant of King David, who was qualified to be the Messiah.  Matthew’s audience would have clearly understood that he was pointing to Jesus as the promised Messiah.  Today, read Matthew 1 & 2.

DAY 2  |  Today we will read Mark 1. This chapter contains Mark’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Mark, better known as John Mark, was a close friend of Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples. While we will get to this more in Week 11, John Mark was also involved in missionary journeys to spread the message of Jesus. As you may notice, Mark does not begin his gospel with an account of Jesus’ birth like the gospels of Matthew and Luke do. Instead, he jumps right into the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Today, read Mark 1.

DAY 3  |  Today we will read Matthew 5-7. These three chapters are commonly referred to as the Sermon on the Mount, and they contain one of Jesus’ most authoritative teachings. The theme that connects the teaching in these chapters is Jesus identifying what it means to live in his kingdom. Today, read Matthew 5 – 7.

DAY 4  |  Today we will read Matthew 13. This chapter contains several parables which are earthly stories that have deeper spiritual meanings. Today, read Matthew 13 to get a closer look at some of Jesus’ most well-known parables.

DAY 5 |  Today we will read Luke 11.  Luke was most likely a gentile who eventually became a companion of the Apostle Paul. We will learn more about the Apostle Paul in the days ahead.  Interestingly, Luke’s gospel is part of a two-volume work. The second work is the book of Acts which we will read in two weeks. Acts contains the account of the early church and the spread of the Gospel. Today read Luke 11.  This chapter contains more of Jesus’ well-known teachings. 

Thank you for joining us this week. Join the conversation at Off the Shelf Facebook Group!


THE BIBLE IN 90 DAYS
If you are looking for a challenge, here is a Bible in 90 days plan. This plan is designed to walk you through the entire bible over the course of just three months. That works out to 12 pages of reading each day—a commitment, but certainly manageable, and one that’s well worth making.
Start plan here: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13-bible-in-90-days

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