'Bible reading' Tagged Posts

'Bible reading' Tagged Posts

What are Epistles?

Have you ever wondered what the “epistles” are? We have heard people talk about them in church, but have we ever stopped to understand what they are?  Essentially, the epistles are personal letters written to churches and individuals. Elmer Towns says, “While they follow the typical form of first-century letters in the Roman world, they uniquely express Christian truth.”  These authors wrote to express great truths of the Christian faith. They also wrote to explain how a Christian should exhibit…

Acts 2:1-4 and 22-40 for Gospel Groups December 3-9

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Acts 2:1-4, 22-47 John 14:15-17, 26; 15:26-27   Are you obeying the commands of Jesus? Do you wait for God to act? Who is the Holy Spirit? How does knowing the Holy Spirit lives in you affect the way you live? Why do you think Peter shares boldly with the people gathered? What things does Peter testify about Jesus? With whom have you recently shared the good news of Jesus?…

Bible Reading Plan week of November 26th

This week we finish up the 100 Day Bible Reading Plan and start a new Bible reading plan.  Since we are learning about the book of Acts in our Gospel Groups we’ll begin reading through this book.  We’ll read through Acts Monday to Friday, and then on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon. Sunday, November 26 – Revelation 19:1-21; Revelation 20:1-15 Monday, November 27 – Revelation 21:1-27; Revelation 22:1-21 Tuesday, November 28…

The Importance of the Bible in our Gospel Groups

Gospel Groups are an integral part of the ministry at Rocky Creek, and they help us make disciples that love, grow, and serve through intentional relationships.  The following are some values that we think are important for all Gospel Groups: AUTHORITY – God’s Word is our guide. MATURITY – Our leaders are growing. AUTHENTICITY – It is safe to be real. ACCOUNTABILITY – We keep each other on the right path. AVAILABILITY – We are accessible beyond the gathering. REPRODUCIBILITY – We grow to…

John 21:1-23 for Gospel Groups November 5-11

Read the passages this week and think about these questions John 21:1-23   Have you ever had to wait for something? Is it easy? Hard? What does John 21:1-14 teach you about man? About Jesus? Do you long to meet with Jesus as Peter did? How has Jesus revealed Himself to you through His power and provision? What has Jesus done to remind you that He is with you and cares for your needs? What does it mean to follow…

John 20:19-23 for Gospel Groups October 22-28

Read the passages this week and think about these questions John 20:19-23 Luke 24:36-43   Why do you think Jesus says, “Peace be with you”? What are some other examples of when Jesus gave His peace? When have you needed the peace of Jesus? How did God’s peace help you? What do you think it means to make disciples? What are some steps a believer can take in order to live as a disciple who is sent by Jesus on…

Luke 24:13-35 for Gospel Groups October 15-21

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Luke 24:13-35   Have you ever faced a time of confusion, distress, or sorrow? Have you ever know Jesus’ presence during a time like this? What else do these verses teach us about Jesus? Is the Old Testament still relevant for believers today? What are some ways the OT points to Jesus? Are you praying that the Holy Spirit would open up the Word of God to you? With whom…

Increasing Biblical Literacy

We are currently going through a sermon series at Rocky Creek called “The Word Off Our Shelves and Into Our Lives” and we are on day 40 on our 100 Day Bible Reading Plan.  The goal of both of these is to give us an understanding of the major theme of the Bible and to see how it is one connected narrative, not a bunch of disconnected stories. If we believe that the Bible is God’s holy, infallible, inerrant Word and…

Matthew 27:11-51 for Gospel Groups October 1-7

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Matthew 27:11-51 Mark 15:1-38 Luke 23:1-46 John 18:28 – 19:30   Have you ever been falsely accused of something? How did you respond? Why do you think Jesus remained silent? How did Jesus die and why did He die? Have you ever been so upset and angry that you can’t think clearly? What is the worst injury you have suffered? The time you were in the most pain? Does it…

Matthew 26:36-68 for Gospel Groups September 24-30

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Matthew 26:36-68 Mark 14:32-65 Luke 22:40-54 John 18:2-12   Why is Jesus grieved and deeply distressed (Mt 26:37-38)? Contrast the prayers of Jesus with those of the disciples (James, John, Peter) How would you characterize your prayer life? How often do we fight in the physical realm, not the spiritual? What OT prophecies can you recall that point to a future Messiah for Israel? If false charges were brought against…

John 13:1-15 and Matthew 26:26-30 for Gospel Groups September 17-23

Read the passages this week and think about these questions John 13:1-15 Matthew 26:26-30 Philippians 2:1-11   Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet? Is there a difference between serving and being a servant? Do you serve others by doing menial tasks for them? How can you be a servant in your home, church, community, workplace? Why is the Lord’s Supper important? Are you looking forward to and praying for God’s kingdom?

Matthew 21:1-17 for Gospel Groups September 10-16

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Matthew 21:1-17 Mark 11:1-19 Luke 19:29-48   What does knowing Jesus fulfills OT prophecies do to your faith? What is the disciples’ response to Jesus’ request? Are you obedient to what Jesus asks you to do? How did you demonstrate obedience this past week? Do we see people in our city who need a REDEEMER? Why do you think Jesus was upset with what was happening in the temple? Have…

Psalm 42 – August 27

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Psalm 42 Psalm 43   Have you ever felt dejected, downcast, or a little depressed because life seems unfair? When facing this, what does the psalmist tell himself to do? Feelings are real, but we need to check them with the truth of God’s Word. When feeling discouraged or overwhelmed, what verse has helped you to know that God loves you? Water is essential to live physically. Are you thirsting…

6 Things to Do When You Start a Bible Reading Plan

If you struggled with consistently reading the Word, you are not alone, but that doesn’t mean that you have to remain where you are. It’s difficult to hit something if you aren’t aiming at it.  Many people fail at Bible reading because they don’t have a plan.  There are many great reading plans out there, but regardless of which one you choose, it is easy to get slack. As you go through a Bible reading plan, here are some things to…

The Importance of Bible Reading

The Summer 2017 edition of Facts and Trends magazine focused on Bible reading and the new Christian Standard Bible (CSB) by LifeWay. The following are quotes from the magazine to help you understand the importance of Bible reading and encourage you to dig into the Word. Let’s get the Word into our lives.  We start a 100 Day Bible Reading Plan on August 20. “[Reading] Scripture leads to spiritual growth. A previous LifeWay Research study found reading the Bible is the number…

Psalm 95 – July 9

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Psalm 95 John 10:1-18 Exodus 17:1-7 Numbers 20:1-13; 27:12-14 Deuteronomy 32:48-52 Hebrews 3:1-7, 15; 4:3-7   Who should capture our focus, attention, and affections?  What does God want us to do? Why should we worship God?  Are you listening to God’s voice with a “soft” heart? Why is history important? Why is obedience to God important? Use Psalm 95:2-7 as a prayer to God

Get in the Word

This past Sunday in our study of James 4:13-17, we talked about not leaving God out of our plans.  We also looked at knowing God’s will.  If we want to know God, His will, and allow Him to direct our paths, then we must get in the Word.  We must spend time reading the Bible and meditating on it. In an article by Dwayne McCrary, he looks at what Brad Waggoner calls “daily Bible engagement”.  Waggoner claims this is the…

James Reading Schedule, May: Week 2

Monday, May 8 – Sunday, May 14              Responding to the Will of God Scripture—Read the following passages this week Observe—What is God saying? What do I learn from the passages? What do I learn about God? What do I learn about man? Application—How can I know God more through what I have read? Is there anything I need to obey from what I read? How will I practice what I read? Prayer—Write out a prayer to God about what you…

James Reading Schedule, May: Week 1

Monday, May 1 – Sunday, May 7    Friendship with the World Scripture—Read the following passages this week Observe—What is God saying? What do I learn from the passages? What do I learn about God? What do I learn about man? Application—How can I know God more through what I have read? Is there anything I need to obey from what I read? How will I practice what I read? Prayer—Write out a prayer to God about what you have learned. James…

James Reading Schedule, April: Week 5

Monday, April 24 – Sunday, April 30             True Wisdom Scripture—Read the following passages this week Observe—What is God saying?  What do you learn from the passages? What do I learn about God?  What do I learn about man? Application—How can I know God more through what I have read? Is there anything I need to obey from what I read? How will I practice what I read? Prayer—Write out a prayer to God about what you have learned. James 3:13-18…
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