Over the course of the last seven years plus, I have stood before you on Sunday mornings and said something along the lines of:
“A word from God’s Word.”
“The Bible is authoritative and inspired. It is living and breathing.”
“I always encounter something new every time I open it.”
I’ve commented on the Bible, as I’ve preached from the Bible, early and often. More importantly, though, the Bible speaks for itself.
“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” - Psalm 119:105
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:16
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly …” - Colossians 3:16
I especially like the last one. In 2020, we have an opportunity to allow the “word of Christ” — the Word of God — to dwell in us richly. We are calling it “Year of the Bible 2020,” and the plan is to read a few (4-5) chapters from and memorize a verse from every book of the Bible. Our weekly Bible reading will culminate with the sermon, where we will celebrate Bible memorization and reflect further on a portion of that week’s reading. The following pages outline the plan and present a schedule that we hope you will follow.
Imagine. Imagine an entire church — children, youth and adults — reading the Bible together. Imagine the growth, inspiration and transformation possible from such an exercise. Imagine looking up, about a year from now, and saying, “We did it!” It will not be easy. It will require discipline and initiative to add daily Bible reading to schedules that are already jam-packed. Whether you do this reading on your phone, your e-reader or … gasp … by opening up an old-school paper-bound Bible, I hope you will move it to the top of the to-do list, though, and make it a priority. Every day.
I hope you’ll make 2020 your “Year of the Bible.”
Seeking to dwell with you,
Rev. Brian Coats