Josh Lynn

Growing Together in the Word

January is the time when many New Year's resolutions kick in, and many Christians resolve every year to read more of their Bible. Immersion in God's Word is important for us because it gives us the knowledge we need to navigate our lives, to make biblical decisions, and to grow closer to the God.

As Christians, we believe that the God who created the entire universe created humans in His own image. Part of being in God's image is the fact that we long to know God and feel His presence in our lives. To this end, God inspired and preserved His Word for us in a collection of writings we refer to as the Bible.

If we want to feel God's presence in our lives, grow closer to Him, and grow in faith, then digging into His Word is a necessity.

To help encourage you in your study, I am including a list of Bible reading plans in various categories with short descriptions. I hope that each of you find that one of these plans that works for you!

(I am currently doing the "5 Day Bible Reading Program" if you would like to join me!)

Best,

Josh Lynn, Family Minister

Read the Whole Bible in 1 Year Plans:

  1. One Year Plan - Genesis to Revelation
    1. Straightforward - read the Bible from cover to cover in one year.
    2. Easy to keep track
    3. Note: You won't get to the NT until October with this plan.
  2. 52 Week Bible Reading Plan
    1. Read a passage from each biblical genre each week (e.g. read from the Epsitles on Sundays, the Law on Mondays, etc.)
    2. Readings 7 days per week
    3. Pros: day to day variety, but moving through books as a whole.
  3. 5 Day Bible Reading Program
    1. Read the 5 days per week (catch up on your off days)
    2. Read passages from the OT and NT each day
    3. Pros: readings from different books each day keeps things fresh, moving through books as a unit helps you keep narratives together.
  4. 5 Day Per Week Straight Through Program
    1. Organizes readings into 5 days a week instead of 7 (allows you time to catch up or read other devotionals)
    2. Different than the 5 Day Bible Reading Program because it goes cover to cover (Genesis to Revelation) as opposed to mixing OT and NT readings.
    3. Online Helps Available
  5. Chronological Bible Reading Plan
    1. Read through the entire Bible chronologically.
    2. Each event is in order of occurrence.
    3. Pros: Gives you a great sense of the timeline of the Bible (e.g. reading Psalms of David with the stories of David at different stages of his life and reading the stories and epistles of Paul in order of their occurrences).
    4. (Note: Although the chronological reading is a great plan, you should note that you won't get to NT readings until October!)
  6. Daily Bible Reading Plan
    1. Read shorter passages from 4 biblical genres each day
    2. Keeps readings diverse each day

Just the New Testament:

  1. 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan
    1. 5 minutes per day
    2. 5 days per week
    3. 5 ways to dig deeper
    4. Takes 1 Year
    5. Pros: Slower paced and encourages deep thought about the passages read.
  2. Chronological New Testament
    1. Read through the New Testament in order of occurrence
    2. Takes 92 days
    3. Online Helps Available

Intensive Plan

  1. 90 Day Challenge
    1. Read the ENTIRE Bible in 90 days!
    2. Approximately 45 minutes of reading/day
    3. Intensive and fast paced
    4. Online Helps Available

Simple Checklist

  1. Bible Reading Chart
    1. Colorful Chart shows you each book of the Bible and how many chapters they have
    2. Just check off the chapter as you read it and read at your own pace
    3. Allows for a lot of flexibility
    4. This isn't so much a reading plan, but can help you keep track of what you have read

Guatemala 2016: An Update for Everyone

Last night our Guatemala mission team met with Gary Eudy, our mission coordinator, as well as Jeff Harville, an evangelism trainer. Both work through the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and they joined us last night in order to help prepare for the upcoming work in Guatemala.

Mr. Eudy also spoke at last night's prayer meeting to give some general information and encourage our congregation to continue their overwhelming support mission efforts through whatever means they have available. Specifically through Going, Praying, and Giving.

Going, Praying, and Giving is something that our church is very generous with, and our summer mission teams could not be more grateful for your support through bake sales and other fundraisers. We will work to keep you informed about details of our trip as preparation continues and while we are on the field.

Click Here to learn about our mission effort, to see pictures from last year's trip, and to continue your support towards making Christ known to the ends of the earth by going, giving, and praying!

- Best, Josh Lynn

REFLECTIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THIS WEEKEND

I originally started this post to give a recap and report of the two events from this weekend. As I was writing, though, my reflections took a different turn. I could share some details from the events - like the testimonies the speakers shared, how encouraging the "cardboard testimony" was, how much money was raised for missions at the pancake breakfast, or how great the music was throughout the weekend - because all of those things are so very true.

But, after such an exciting weekend here at South Harriman (with the "Tea & Testimony" event for ladies on Saturday and the "Men's Day" services on Sunday), I feel that it is more important to take a moment to share my reflections than to give a report. I do so with the hope that these reflections encourage you as we begin another work week.

I am always joyfully amazed when I look at the rich diversity of talents that the members of our Church Family display. What is even more impressive is the harmony that is so often achieved in the midst of such diversity. It is easy for us to walk into a service or event and have an enjoyable time and be blessed by the message, the fellowship, the music, or so much more. I would suggest, though, that it is even more of a blessing to see the prayer, the thought, the care, the time, the effort, and the skill spent by so many to produce events designed to be a blessing to the Church Family and to our community.

Know that when you walk into a South Harriman event, members of your family in Christ have prayed over it, thought it through, and worked hard to ensure that the it is a blessing and refreshing experience for all. We all share our talents whether they be decorating, cooking, sharing, making music, or picking things up and putting them down in other places.

I don't write this message to single out individuals as specially exalted, but to share with you the picture that I get to see from behind the scenes.

I want you to see, through my eyes, the joy of the Body of Christ moving in unity in order to serve and uplift those around them. So, the next time you come to attend an event, bake a casserole for a shared meal, or work behind the scenes of an event, please take a step back and look at the bigger scene unfolding. It is greater than a meal or good music or laughter. It is the scene your brothers and sisters in Christ serving one another, enjoying one another, and having the smallest of foretastes of the joy that awaits us in Heaven.

(One final note: our "Men's Day" Speaker, Mark Lewis, spoke about the joy of those in Christ that was a pain to him as he was lost in sin. Remember, joyfulness is a constant theme in God's word. We will have troubles, but our joy that extends from our security in the love and protection of Christ should set us apart from the rest of the world. Go this week and share your joy with those in need - your troubles are small, and our joy is great because we have each other, and we have a risen and loving Savior.)

- Josh Lynn

 

P.S.

Click Here for Mark Lewis's Website (Men's Day Speaker)

Click Here for Leah Heffner's Encouraging Website (Tea & Testimony Speaker)

Click Here to hear more of Jennifer Bast's Music (Tea & Testimony Worship Leader)