Starting Point by Andy Stanley

Posted on 11. Feb, 2016 by in Church News

We had our first mentor training meeting. Thank you so much to all who attended. For those who couldn’t make it I wanted to give you a look at some of the material we will be using. We paired down Andy’s stuff from 8 sessions to 4. Had to cut out a lot of good stuff, but I’m excited with what the group came up with. 

Start –

Section One: A Starting Point

Faith has a starting point.

You found yourself wrestling with questions such as: If God is good and all-powerful, why doesn’t he do more to prevent the bad things in the world? Why does so much evil go unpunished? Why does prayer seem like such a shot in the dark? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are some religious people so judgmental and mean? Why don’t science and religion line up? Why does it seem that smart people are less religious?

Have you ever known an adult who didn’t pretend to have all the answers? In fact, they didn’t pretend at all. They were honest and hopeful. They acknowledged the complexities of the adult world, but their faith remained strong.

So the word “why” not only taught me to ask, but also to think. And thinking has never hurt anyone. On the contrary, it does us all a world of good. – Anne Frank

  • What did your faith look like growing up?
  • Would you say you are currently at a starting, turning, returning, or other point?

Faith is trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse. – Philip Yancey

Section Two: Roots of Faith

Most Christians grow up being taught that regardless of the question, the answer begins with, “The Bible says.”

The first Christians didn’t use the Bible as a starting point for their faith.

Their starting point was not something written; it was something that had happened.

Despite the fact that there was no Christian Bible, hundreds of thousands of men and women became followers of Jesus in the first three centuries.

Paul drew their attention to the fact that curiosity regarding God was universal. He argued there was something in every man and woman that wonders, questions, and seeks. He went on to say that God actually wants to be found…so much so that he entered creation in the form of a man-Jesus.

Paul was not asking them to believe a book. He never mentioned a book. It’s not that the Bible isn’t important, but Paul was challenging them to put their faith in a person.

The question that serves as the starting point for the Christian faith is, Who is Jesus?

  • What do you associate with the Bible?
  • How has your view of God changed during different seasons of your life?

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand. – Mark Twain.

Section Three: Who is Jesus?

This Jewish carpenter, who never traveled more than a hundred miles from his birthplace, never wrote a book, never raised an army, and was a public figure for less than four years before being crucified by Rome, remains the subject of endless conversations, debates, books, movies, and controversies.

Who is he? What makes his life and teachings so unique? What sets him apart? Why do millions of people from cultures all over the world continue to follow him?

The reason men and women like the apostle Paul risked and eventually sacrificed their lives for Jesus was not what he said before he died but what happened afterward. Three days afterward, to be specific.

Jesus rose from the dead.

A religion that is small enough for our understand would not be big enough for our needs. – Corrie ten Boom

  • Are there any questions that you hope to have answered by the end of our time together?

 

Problem –

                Section One: It’s a Mistake

There is a problem with using the term mistake to describe all our less-than-perfect decisions and behaviors. The problem is that that label doesn’t adequately describe everything we call a mistake.

A mistake is an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, or insufficient knowledge. Mistakes are accidental. A mistake is something a sixth grader makes on a math test. A mistake is something adults make when filing their income tax returns. A mistake is something we learn from so we don’t do it again. However, we’ve expanded that definition to include just about everything.

But sin harms our relationship with God and our relationships with other people. It’s so deeply engrained in all of us, we can’t stop sinning.

What do you call a mistake you make on purpose? What’s the best term to describe a mistake you make on recurring basis? What do you call a person who plans and carries out the same mistakes over and over? A serial mistaker? Last question. What term should we use for a premeditated mistake that hurts another person?

As uncomfortable and as old-school as the term sin may seem, there is benefit to reintroducing the word into our vocabularies.

  • Where have you experienced or observed the inadequacy of labeling something a mistake?
  • What do you associate with the word sin?

 

Section Two: Repeat Offenders

A sinner is anyone who knows the difference between right and wrong and chooses to do wrong. On purpose.

Jesus had a very different response to those wearing the sinner brand. When you read the Gospels, you can’t help noticing that he was attracted to sinners. Never one do we ding him threatening them with hell. Not once. In fact, just the opposite is true. Jesus’ response to sinners was an offer of restoration. As a result, people who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus. And he liked them back. Self-righteous religious leaders who peddled graceless religion were the only ones Jesus consistently condemned.  Jesus had little patience for religious people who considered themselves sinless. He knew better. He knew they knew better as well.

Jesus taught that sin separates us from God, but that God’s willingness to forgive reconnects us. So it was important to Jesus that men and women faced and embraced their status as sinners so they would recognize their need for forgiveness. Mistakers don’t ask for forgiveness.

When Jesus talked about sin, he made it so all-inclusive that nobody could escape. He said things like, “You have heard it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Ouch!

Jesus raised the standard so high that nobody made a passing grade. Then he turned right around and insisted that God was on an endless pursuit to restore his relationship with sinners.

The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior. – M. Scott Peck

  • What does the fact that Jesus was attracted to sinners say about him?
  • What does it cost a person to acknowledge he or she is a sinner?
  • Do you resist the idea of being called a sinner? Why or why not?

Section Three: Only One Person

The Gospel record breathtaking events in which Jesus extended forgiveness and restoration to individuals who were considered beyond redemption. One involved a woman caught in adultery. This was not a one-time occurrence. This was not a mistake. It wasn’t an accident. She knew better. Jewish law required that she be stoned. Jesus, who taught that the law was good and should be obeyed, invited those who assembled for the stoning to go ahead and commence the punishment…but with one interesting caveat.

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” – John 8:7

Jesus didn’t defend her. Jesus didn’t dumb down her sin. Jesus didn’t give her any wiggle room. No talk of her desperate plight or her difficult upbringing. She was guilty as charged and deserved to be punished. Again, he invited it. But no one moved. No one threw a stone. Eventually, the crowd dissipated. The oldest members of the mob were the first to leave. Before long, Jesus was alone with the frightened woman. It was only then that he addressed her directly.

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one sir,” she said. – John 8:10-11

What he said next is, well, breathtaking.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go not and leave your life of sin.” – John 8:11

Jesus, who called people to an impossible standard of behavior, declared this condemned woman uncondemned. This apparent contradiction reflects the essence of Jesus’ message and ministry. He did not condone sin. He did not condemn sinners. He called sin, sin. But instead of insisting people get what the law said they had coming, he extended the very thing sinning people deserved least: forgiveness.

Another incident is even more amazing. This one takes place during Jesus’ crucifixion. The gospel writer Luke tells us that Jesus was crucified between two criminals. According to Luke, one of the criminals crucified with Jesus hurled insults at him. The other criminal, however, came to Jesus’ defense.

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?” – Luke 23:40

What came next was shocking.

“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve.” – Luke 23:41

That’s quite a statement. The criminal’s behavior was so heinous, he not only believed he deserved to die, he believed he deserved to be crucified-a horrible form of execution in which people often suffered for days before dying. Referring to Jesus, he continues,

“But this man has done nothing.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” – Luke 23:41-42

There’s no way, right? He has no opportunity to do “better.” There’s no way to know if he’s sincere. He’s desperate. He would say anything at this point. Wouldn’t you? That’s what makes this story…breathtaking.

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:43

Just like that, he’s forgiven.

He’s restored.

He’s in.

  • What, if anything, stands out to you about Jesus’ interaction with the woman or the criminal?
  • Do you think Jesus’ response to the criminal next to him was fair? Why or why not?

All that we call human history-money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery-is the long, terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. – C.S. Lewis

 

Trust –

Section One: God’s Dilemma

Faith based on personal experience alone eventually buckles under the weight of personal experience.

  • Why do you believe what you believe? Consider people, circumstances, places, etc.
  • Have your personal experiences ever caused you to doubt or change your beliefs?
  • Why is sin so problematic for God?

Section Two: God’s Promises

God made a series of promises to a man in the Old Testament named Abraham.

Promise 1 – “I will make you into a great nation.” – Genesis 12:2

Promise 2 – “and I will bless you; I will make your name great” – Genesis 12:2

Promise 3 – “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 12:3

Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for your life. You expect Him to keep His promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary. – Rick Warren

  • Do you think it was hard for Abraham to believe God’s promises? Why or why not?
  • If you could hear one promise from God, what would you want it to be?

Section Three: Coming Clean

  • How do we know when someone really believes something?
  • What do you believe it takes for God to accept someone?

 

Rules –

Section One: Relationships and Rules

Truth is, most religious rules run contrary to human nature. And being the human that you are, that’s a problem.

Religious people are generally better at believing than behaving. Every major faith tradition teaches some form of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But we’re all guilty of excusing our way around that imperative.

Belief and behavior are central in every major religion.

But here’s something you may not have considered: Rules always assume a relationship.

  • In general, how do you respond to rules? Do you tend to keep them or break them?
  • What were the most important rules for you growing up? Which rules are still important to you?
  • What’s the difference between a family and a club when it comes to rules? Is the Christian faith more like a family or a club?

Section Two: God’s Rules

The Bible has a lot of rules in it. One of the most known list of rules in the Bible is called The Ten Commandments. What makes them important for our purpose here today is to whom they were given, why they were given, and when they were given.

And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God.” – Exodus 20:1-2

God declared his relationship with the nation of Israel before telling the nation what he required of them. The Ten Commandments were confirmation of, not a condition of, Israel’s relationship with God.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” – Exodus 20:2

In other words, I am the Lord your God who did something significant for you without requiring anything from you.

After defining and affirming their relationship, God issued his first command:

“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

After proving himself trustworthy to the nation, God asked the nation to trust him in return.

From the very beginning, God adopted the family model.

  • What value if any do the Ten Commandments have today?
  • Had you ever noticed or considered that God declared a relationship with the people of Israel before giving the Ten Commandments? What do you think of this?
  • What rules do you think matter most to God? Why?

Section Three: Your Role

  • Is there a connection between the way God accepted Abraham, accepted Israel, and accepts us? Explain.
  • It is easier to see God as a rule maker or a parent with boundaries? Why?
  • What would you change if you really saw yourself as a child of God?

 

Jesus –

Section One: Finding Forgiveness

Experiencing personal forgiveness for personal sin is often the starting point for personal faith.

  • What do you wish you could do over?
  • Do you believe that you need forgiveness? Why or why not?

Accepting the reality of our sinfulness means accepting our authentic self. – Brennan Manning

Section Two: The Messiah

Jesus rattled a lot of people when he claimed to be able to forgive sins. But, he didn’t stop there. He also claimed to be the sacrifice for sin.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” – Luke 22:19-20

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior. – Roy Lessin

  • Why was Jesus’ death necessary?

Section three: Only One Person

Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us. – John R. W. Scott

He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14

  • What is required for you to receive God’s forgiveness?

 

Grace –

Section One: System Failure

Our performance orientation has the potential to shape our assumptions about God. When you ask people to describe what they think they have to do to get on or stay on God’s good side, you get a list of behaviors-religious performance.

Grace is the face that love wears when it meets imperfection. – Joseph R. Cooke

It’s not about my performance. It’s about Jesus’ performance for me. Grace isn’t there for some future me but for the real me. The me who struggled. The me who was messy…He love me in my mess; he was not waiting until I cleaned myself up. – Jefferson Bethke

  • Where do you feel the effects of a performance-based world most?
  • How does this influence your view of God?
  • When is a time that you have been let “off the hook”? How did you feel about it?

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There is nothing we can do to make God love us less. – Philip Yancey

Section Two: Undeserved Favor

Having initiated a relationship with God by faith rather than by performance, our inclination is to manage this relationship with God according to the old system-the performance system.

Old habits die hard.

Do you even bargain with God? You know, “God, if you will [blank], I promise I will [blank].” Or, “God, if you will [blank], I will never [blank].” Think about that. Bargaining is based on two assumptions. First, someone has something the other party wants or needs. Second, the other party isn’t about to do anybody any favors.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord… – Colossians 2:6

That phrase alone deserves a comment. Based on our previous discussion, how does one receive Christ Jesus? By faith of course. What was it that compelled God to make salvation and forgiveness available to you in the first place? Grace. Underserved favor. Nothing about you compelled him to. He just wanted to.

Paul continues:

…So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to love your lives in Him. – Colossians 2:6

His point? Continue the way you started. Your relationship with God was initiated by faith in his gracious, undeserved offer of forgiveness. So, approach God every day from that same vantage point. Your life with Christ began in grace and it should continue in grace.

Listen to how he concludes this passage:

…rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. – Colossians 2:7

Did you notice what he said about bargaining? No? It’s not there, is it? But look again at what he say about thankfulness. The Christian life is characterized by an overflow of thankfulness. You thank someone for what he’s done. You bargain with someone for what you want him to do. God doesn’t need anything from you, so you have no leverage with him. But he wants something for you, so you don’t need any leverage.

  • Is the idea of a relationship with God absent of performance a new idea to you? Explain.
  • How do bargain-based Christianity and grace-based Christianity look different?
  • How would you explain the grace of God to someone else?

Section Three: The Reason for Obedience

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34

Therin lies the basis and motivation for all the New Testament “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots.” We are to behave out of the overflow of our gratitude for how God through Christ behaved toward us.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:31-32

These imperatives are not presented as means to an end. Paul didn’t instruct his readers to be kind and compassionate so that God would be kind and compassionate back. He commanded them to embrace these virtues because God had already exhibited those very things toward them. What comes next is even more extraordinary:

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2

Again, no bargaining. No begging. We are to do for others what God in Christ has already done for us. One hundred percent of the “to dos” related to the Christian faith are a response to what God has “to done” for you.

As the apostle John put it:

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

  • What has characterized your exposure to or experience with Christians?
  • What should a Christian characterized by love and motivated by gratitude look like?
  • How would your life change if you viewed obedience to God’s rules as opportunities to express gratitude?

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us-and He has given us everything…Gratitude, therefore, takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder… – Thomas Merton

 

Faith –

Section One: Everyday Faith

Faith-or belief-fuels good and evil every day in every segment of the population. Everything that has been done, for good or bad, was done because somebody believed it could be and should be done.

Our ability to believe can work for us or against us. We all have a propensity to look for evidence to support what we already believe.

We’re more open to data that substantiates what we already believe than information that conflicts with our viewpoints.

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • How is everyday faith, or belief, similar or dissimilar to religious faith?
  • How do your environment, family, and friends impact what you believe?
  • Have you ever changed what you believe? How did that happen?

Section Two: Belief That VS. Trust In

Religious belief has the potential to become a self-fulling prophecy. Gather enough people who believe the same thing about anything and the next thing you know you have a movement. Or a new religion. Put a persuasive leader out from and the next thing you know, the world begins to change. This dynamic explains the rise of most popular religious movements. But it does not explain the rise of Christianity.

Jesus did not launch his movement around a new list of believe thats. At the center of his teaching was a single believe in. Jesus called upon his followers to believe in him. Not his ideas. HIM.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. – John 11:25

Jesus didn’t claim to know the truth about resurrection. He claimed to be the resurrection.

From start to finish, the mission of Jesus was Jesus.

When Jesus died, no one believed he was who he claimed to be.

When Jesus died, there were no Christians.

His followers fled. There was no discussion about how to keep his teachings alive.

But, then something miraculous happened. He came back to life.

Jesus rose from the dead and nobody was outside his tomb waiting. Not even his most loyal followers believed Jesus had come back to life until they saw him. And upon seeing him, they believed. They trusted. In a moment, they went from unbelief to belief.

Later after Jesus’ ascension Peter would talk to a crowd in Jerusalem about all of this. He didn’t call to mind the teachings of Jesus. He didn’t repeat his parables. Instead, he pointed into the crowd and summarized:

You killed him.

God raised him.

We’ve seen him.

Say you’re sorry.

With the resurrection of Jesus, there was a resurrection of faith.

  • How does Jesus’ statements about himself make him unique? What do they tell us about him?
  • Why was Jesus’ death particularly devastating for the continuation of his message?
  • How does the disciples’ behavior lend credibility to the claims of Christianity?

Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way. – Karl Barth

Section Three: Faith Isn’t Blind

Following Jesus requires faith. Specifically, it requires one to place his or her trust in Jesus. Not the teachings of Jesus-in Jesus. Christianity does not require blind faith. Christianity is an informed faith. At the center is an event attested to by eyewitnesses who, by their own accounts, lost faith when Jesus died, but regained it when he rose from the dead. The foundation of Christianity is not a list of believe thats. It is a single trust in.

Christians don’t believe that Jesus rose from the dead because the Bible says so. Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead because Matthew and John, eyewitnesses, said so. Christians believe because Luke, a first-century doctor, claimed to have thoroughly investigated the events surrounding the life and crucifixion of Jesus and concluded that Jesus rose from the dead. Luke spent the second half of his life traveling the Roman Empire telling that story. We believe Jesus rose from the dead because Peter believed that he did. Peter, who on the night of Jesus’ arrest denied knowing him, became the leader of the church in Jerusalem, the city where these events took place. Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead because James, the brother of Jesus, claims it was true. James trusted in his brother as his Savior.

Christians believe because Mark, a friend and companion of Peter, testified to the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. Last, and by his own account least, Christians believe because the apostle Paul believed. Paul, who stepped into history as a persecutor of Christians, came to believe Jesus was the Son of God and that he physically rose from the dead.

These witnesses paid a high price for their faith. Most were martyred. Throughout history, courageous men and women have given their lives for what they believed. This group was different. They gave up their lives for what they said they saw-the resurrected Jesus.

Like every religion, Christianity requires faith. Specifically, Christianity requires faith in a person. This is why for anyone investigating Christianity, the first question that must be answered is, Who is Jesus?

  • Is there any belief or cause you are willing to die for?
  • How central is the resurrection to the validity of the Christians message?

 

Invitation –

Section One: New Purpose

Odds are, you want your life to matter. Christians believe this desire is the thumbprint of God on our souls.

The notion that life is supposed to be meaningful drives us to look for meaning.

C.S. Lewis hinted at this idea when he wrote: If I find in my desires that which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. – Mere Christianity

Your uniqueness finds its fullest and best expression when connected to his divine purpose in the world.

  • What do you see as your gifts and talents?
  • What do you think of the idea that God has a plan for your life?

Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. – St. Augustine

Section Two: Ekklesia

  • What do you associate with the word church?
  • Do you feel like the church has drifted from what Jesus originally intended? If so, how?

The operation of the Church is entirely set up for the sinner; which creates much misunderstanding among the smug. – Flannery O’Conner

Section Three: Your Next Step

Jesus did not predict a religion. He did not predict an institution. He predicted a people. He anticipated an assembly of imperfect people whose faith in a resurrected Savior would move them to embrace a lifestyle that reflected the grace, forgiveness, and kindness of their heavenly Father.

There have always been, and will always be, Jesus followers who view the church as a movement-a movement characterized by love for one another and for the world.

A life not lived for others is not a life. – Mother Teresa

  • Where could you see your gifts and passions being used in the church?
  • What feels like the very next step for you in your faith journey?

I think that’s the true litmus test for someone who has become closer to Jesus: their heart is more loving, accepting, childlike, less believing that they have all the answers and more believing in Him. – Donald Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Your Story? –

 

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. – Robert McKee

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

Bible Reading Guide –

 

If you are interested in reading the Bible, you don’t have to start at the beginning and read to the very end. In fact, that’s probably not the best way to get started. So, we’ve put together a few options that make reading the Bible enjoyable and helpful. Whichever option you choose, it’s a good idea to ask yourself the following questions as you read. These questions will help you better understand what you’re reading and how it applies to your life.

  • What does the passage say?
  • What does it mean?
  • How does it apply to my life?

Exploring Jesus in 21 Days

The Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke, John-are four different accounts of Jesus’ life. This reading plan explores two of them: Luke and John.

Day 1: Luke 1-2                                                  Day 12: John 1-2

Day 2: Luke 3-4                                                  Day 13: John 3-4

Day 3: Luke 5-6                                                  Day 14: John 5-6

Day 4: Luke 7-8                                                  Day 15: John 7-8

Day 5: Luke 9-10                                               Day 16: John 9-10

Day 6: Luke 11-12                                             Day 17: John 11-12

Day 7: Luke 13-15                                             Day 18: John 13-14

Day 8: Luke 16-18                                             Day 19: John 16-17

Day 9: Luke 19-20                                             Day 20: John 18-19

Day 10: Luke 21-22                                           Day 21: John 20-21

Day 11: Luke 23-24

 

Sampling Scripture in Ten Weeks

This reading plan includes entire books or significant portions of books spanning different time periods and literary genres in the biblical story. As you read this plan, you’ll experience historical narrative, songs, prophetic messages, travel accounts, and personal letters. You’ll also read the well-known stories of creation, the exodus, and the early Christian movement. You’ll meet biblical figures such as King David, the prophet Jonah, and Jesus. The purpose of this reading plan is to expose you to the grand redemptive storyline of the Bible.

Week 1: Genesis 1-25

Week 2: Exodus 1-20; Ruth

Week 3: 1 Samuel 16-31, 2 Samuel 1-7

Week 4: Psalms 1-41

Week 5: Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah

Week 6: Esther, Ezra

Week 7: Mark

Week 8: Acts 1-12, 1 Peter

Week 9: Acts 13-28

Week 10: Romans, Ephesians

 

Reading the Bible in One Year

If you follow this plan, you’ll read through the entire Bible in a year. Readings are divided by weeks instead of days in order to give you some flexibility. The plan begins in the Old Testament and moves in chronological order through the end of the New Testament. This means you’ll do a fair amount of hopping around from week to week since the books of the Bible are not ordered chronologically.

Week 1: Genesis 1-25                                    Week 30: Lamentations, 1 Chronicles 1-12

Week 2: Genesis 26-50                                  Week 31: 1 Chronicles 13-29, 2 Chronicles 1-7

Week 3: Job 1-24                                              Week 32: 2 Chronicles 8-38

Week 4: Job 25-42                                           Week 33: Ezekiel 1-20

Week 5: Exodus 11-34                                    Week 34: Ezekiel 21-38

Week 6: Exodus 35-40, Leviticus 1-15      Week 35: Ezekiel 39-48, Daniel

Week 7: Leviticus 16-27, Numbers 1-4    Week 36: Hosea, Joel, Amos

Week 8: Numbers 5-21                                  Week 37: Ezra, Nehemiah

Week 9: Numbers 22-36, Psalm 1-17       Week 38: Esther, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah

Week 10: Psalms 18-55                                  Week 39: Nahum, Hab., Zeph., Haggai, Zech., Malachi

Week 11: Psalms 56-94                                  Week 40: Matthew 1-17

Week 12: Psalms 95-150                                Week 41: Matthew 18-28, Hebrews 1-8

Week 13: Deuteronomy 1-19                      Week 42: Hebrews 9-13, James, Mark 1-9

Week 14: Deut. 20-34, Proverbs 1-7         Week 43: Mark 10-16, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude

Week 15: Proverbs 8-31                                                Week 44: Luke 1-15

Week 16: Ecclesiastes, Joshua 1-10          Week 45: Luke 16-24, Acts 1-7

Week 17: Joshua 11-24, Judges 1-5          Week 46: Acts 8-21

Week 18: Judges 6-21, Ruth                        Week 47: Acts 22-28, Romans

Week 19: Song of Songs, 1 Sam. 1-16      Week 48: 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians

Week 20: 1 Sam. 17-31, 2 Sam. 1-7            Week 49: Gal., Eph., Phil., Col., 1 and 2 Thess.

Week 21: 2 Samuel 8-24                                Week 50: 1 and 2 Tim., Titus, Philemon, John 1-10

Week 22: 1 Kings 1-18                                    Week 51: John 11-21; 1, 2, and 3 John

Week 23: 1 Kings 19-22, 2 Kings 1-16        Week 52: Revelation

Week 24: 2 Kings 17-25, Isaiah 1-11

Week 25: Isaiah 12-37

Week 26: Isaiah 28-59

Week 27: Isaiah 60-66, Jeremiah 1-14

Week 28: Jeremiah 15-36

Week 29: Jeremiah 37-52

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