Last year we read through most of the Bible together using a reading plan, and Pastor Dan focused on a specific passage from that plan each Sunday during the message. Some of our groups also used this plan as a focus for Bible study and application.
One year later, our church is in the midst of a new vision plan and we now have multiple groups meeting at the church campus and in homes. As we begin this new and exciting season, we are all joining together for a new journey through the Gospel of John. Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, we will read a section from this book each weekday and we’ll cover a chapter per week. Pastor Dan will focus on a section or several sections for the Sunday morning message and every group will base their discussion on the chapter for that week. Through this we will continue to grow in faith together!
We will use a reading plan that will take us through John, with a break during the Christmas season for Advent readings. This plan is now available in print and online and you can access it by clicking on the download button below.
You are encouraged to use the H.E.A.R. method of journaling to help you understand and apply God’s Word, and to encourage a rich personal time together with the Lord each day. Below is detailed information about the H.E.A.R. method, some of which comes from the website replicate.org:
The H.E.A.R. journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. Rather than checking off the boxes on your daily reading schedule; you will instead read to understand and respond to God’s Word.
The acronym H.E.A.R. stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak.
H – Read the passage for the day and pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit about where you need to focus. Then write the verse reference along with the full text of that verse.
E – Take some time to explain what the verse means, focusing on the intent of the author and what it would have meant to the original readers.
A – Write down what the verse means to you and how you can apply this truth in your own life.
R – Write out a prayer of response to God, thanking Him for His truth and asking Him to help you use what He has shown you to grow in your walk with Christ.
For an even more detailed breakdown of this method and an example journal entry, visit What is a HEAR Journal? on replicate.org.