Hello TWOG readers. I’m pumped to join in on what Bryan’s got going on here. Let’s make a deal at the outset that we all just keep it real. Yes?
Ok, so… I’ve got a specific plan for the Steve Goold contribution to this blog, at least for the first few months. Last year I participated in the Exponential2.2 men’s Bible study at NHC, which was by far one of the most worthwhile things I’ve done in recent memory. The study runs for exactly one year and had an aggressive reading agenda. Our weekly gatherings consisted of discussing the readings, which included just under a dozen books by contemporary authors, as well as the entire Bible itself. While I both enjoyed and learned a lot from the book readings, I absolutely loved reading the entire Bible in a year. I’ve never done anything like that before, and it really affected me. I have a BA in Biblical Studies from Bethel University, and, as Bryan mentioned, my Dad has been a pastor for my whole life, and yet I’m certain that there were particular sections of OT prophecy I had NEVER read before, and it had probably been years since I’ve read many other passages throughout the Bible . Many times through the year I realized, to my shame, how often I have spokem of the Bible as if I know it’s contents, while so much of it seemed new to me in reading cover to cover for the first time.
The study ran from June ’10 through May ’11, so we just concluded a few weeks ago. I decided the reading track was so valuable that I’m doing it again. Anybody want to join me in this? You can download a pdf of the reading track here: Exponential Bible Reading Schedule. My plan is to post (daily, if I can) the references for each daily reading, and then briefly comment on verses that stick out to me. So, even if you’re not up for the challenge of doing all the readings yourself, you can still follow along with my comments. My hope is that pointing out certain verses and ideas will prompt discussions that challenge/teach/encourage all of us.
With that in mind, here are the readings for June, Day 1:
– Genesis, chapters 1-2
– Psalm, chapter 1
– Matthew 1:1-17
– Acts 1:1-11
As you can see, the reading plan is divided into 4 short readings each day, each taken from larger divisions of the Bible (OT narrative, OT prophecy, Gospels, Epistles). This provides an overview of Scripture as a whole for each daily reading, as well as a way to connect some of the dots between the Old and New Testaments. Also, with only 25 readings per month, you can take a few days off here and there. Since we’re starting June a little late, I’ll probably post twice a day for a bit here in order to catch up.
For today’s standout verses, Acts 1:7 is obviously noteworthy given all the “judgment day” rumors over the past few months: “It is not for you to know the times and seasons the Father has fixed by his own authority.” An interesting parallel (of sorts) to this in Psalm 1 is the description of a man who delights in the Lord as “like a tree, planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit IN SEASON” (vs 3). These verses help me remember that the Lord has a plan for how things will go down; a plan for not only how but when.