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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.
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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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