year of the bible 2020

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,

Schedule

Date Books Chapter Reading Memory Verses Sermon Text Series/ Special Day/Emphasis/Notes

Jan 12 Genesis Gen 2, 12, 18, 27, 37 Gen 1:27 Gen 18:1-16 A Speaking God
Jan 19 Exodus Ex 2, 3, 5, 14, 20 Exodus 20:2 Ex 3:1-17 A Delivering God
Jan 26 Leviticus Lev 1, 10, 16, 19, 25 Lev 19:2 Lev 19:1-18 A Commanding God
Feb 2 Numbers Num 3, 6, 11, 13, 14 Num 30:2 Num 14:1-4; 10-13; 19-23 A Forgiving God
Feb 9 Deuteronomy Deut 6, 8, 29, 30, 34 Deut 6:4 Deut 6:1-25 A Loving God
Feb 16 Joshua Josh 1, 2, 3, 6, 24 Joshua 1:9 Josh 23:1-8 A Promising God
Feb 23 Judges Judges 2, 4, 7, 14, 15 Judges 8:23 Judges 4:4-10 A Compassionate God






Feb 26 Ruth Ruth 1, 2, 3, 4 Ruth 1:16 Ruth 1:1-7 Ash Wednesday






March 1 Psalms Psalm 1, 8, 19, 23, 51 Psalm 46:1 Psalm 40:1-17 Lent 1
March 8 Song of Songs Psa 103, 139; Songs 1, 3, 7 Song 2:8 Song 8:4-7 Lent 2
Date Books Chapter Reading Memory Verses Sermon Text Series/Special Day/Emphasis/Notes

March 15 Mark Mark 1, 4, 6, 8, 10 Mark 8:34 Mark 1:1-13 Lent 3
March 22 Luke Luke 2, 6, 8, 10, 15 Luke 2:11 Luke 9:18-27; 51 Lent 4
March 29 Acts Acts 2, 4, 8, 12, 18 Acts 1:8 Acts 2:22-24, 32-39 Lent 5
April 5 John John 1, 4, 12, 13, 16 John 3:16 John 19:1-16 Palm/Passion Sunday
April 12 Matthew Matt 5, 17, 26, 27, 28 Matthew 28:6 Matthew 28:1-15 Easter Sunday






April 19 Romans Romans 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 Romans 8:31 Romans 8:1-11 Church Has Left the Building






April 26 I Corinthians I Cor 1, 3, 8, 11, 13 I Cor 13:13 I Cor 11:17-26
May 3 2 Corinthians 2 Cor 2, 4,5, 8, 9 2 Cor 5:17 2 Cor 8:1-15
May 10 Galatians Gal 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Gal 5:22-23 Gal 5:13-25 Mother’s Day
May 17 Philippians Phil 1, 2, 3, 4 Philippians 4:6 Philippians 2:1-13 Youth Sunday
May 24 1&2 Thessalonians 1 Thess 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1 Th 5:16; 2 Th 3:13 1 Thess 5:1-11 Memorial Day Sunday

Date Books Chapter Reading Memory Verses Sermon Text Series/Special Day/Emphasis/Notes

May 31 Philemon 2 Thess 1, 2, 3; Philem 1 Philem 1:6 Philem 1-21 Pentecost






June 7 1&2 Samuel 1 Sam 3,10,16; 2 Sam 5,11 1 Sam 2:2; 2 Sam 7:28 1 Samuel 17 Books of History/David
June 14 1&2 Kings 1 Ki 3,9,17; 2 Ki 2,22 1 Ki 3:14; 2 Ki 22:2 I Kings 3 Solomon
June 21 1&2 Chronicles 1 Chr 15, 28; 2 Chr 6,10,36 1 Chr 16:34; 2 Chr 7:14 2 Chronicles 29 The Kings/Father’s Day
June 28 Ezra Ezra 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 Ezra 3:11 Ezra 1 Ezra
July 5 Nehemiah Neh 1, 2, 4, 8, 13 Neh 8:10 Neh 8 Nehemiah
July 12 Esther Esth 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 Esth 4:14 Esther 7 Esther
July 19 Job Job 1, 2, 3, 40, 42 Job 1:21 Job 2 Job
July 26 Lamentations Lam 1,2,3,4,5 Lam 3:22-23 Lam 3 Lamentations
August 2 Proverbs Prov 1, 2, 3, 8, 31 Proverbs 1:7 Proverbs 8
August 9 Ecclesiastes Eccl 1, 3, 7, 8, 11 Eccl 3:11 Ecc 3
August 16 Isaiah Is 2, 6, 11, 40, 61 Isaiah 53:5 Isaiah 6:1-16
Date Books Chapter Reading Memory Verses Sermon Text Series/Special Day/Emphasis/Notes

August 23 Jeremiah Jer 1, 4, 7, 18, 29 Jeremiah 33:3 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Back to School Sunday
August 30 Ezekiel Ezek 1, 3, 8, 34, 37 Ezekiel 36:26 Ezekial 37:1-14
Sept 6 Daniel Daniel 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 Daniel 6:27 Daneil 6:1-24
Sept 13 Ephesians Eph 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Eph 3:20-21 Eph 4:1-16 Stewardship 1
Sept 20 Colossians Col 1, 2, 3, 4 Col 3:2 Col 3:5-4:4 Stewardship 2
Sept 27 Titus, Jude Titus 1, 2, 3; June 1 Titus 2:11; Jude 20 Titus 3:1-11 Stewardship 3
Oct 4 1&2 Timothy 1 Tim 1,2, 3; 2 Tim 3, 4 1 Tim 6:10; 2 Tim 3:16 1 Tim 2:1-7 World Communion
Oct 11 Hebrews Heb 2, 8, 11, 12, 13 Heb 11:1 Heb 2:1-9
Oct 18 James James 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 James 2:17 James 2:14-26 Children’s Sabbath
Oct 25 1 Peter 1 Peter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1 Pet 3:9 1 Pet 1:2-5
Nov 1 2 Peter 2 Pet 1, 2, 3 2 Pet 3:18 2 Pet 3:8-15 All Saints
Nov 8 1,2&3 John 1Jo 1,2,3; 2Jo 1; 3Jo 1 1Jo 4:7; 2Jo 6; 3Jo 14 1 John 4:7-12 Veterans
Nov 15 Revelation Rev 1, 2, 5, 11, 21 Rev 21:6 Rev 11:15-19

Date Books Chapter Reading Memory Verses Sermon Text Series/Special Day/Emphasis/Notes

Nov 22 Hosea, Joel Hos 1, 4, 6, 14; Joel 2 Hos 12:6; Joel 2:32 Hos 1:2-11 Thanksgiving






Nov 29 Amos, Obadiah Amos 3,5,8,9; Obad 1 Amos 5:24; Obad 15 Amos 2:6-16; 5:16-24 Advent 1
Dec 6 Jonah Jonah 1, 2, 3 ,4 Jonah 2:7 Jonah 3:10-4:11 Advent 2
Dec 13 Micah, Nahum Mic 1, 2, 4, 6; Nah 1 Mic 6:8; Nah 1:7 Micah 6:1-8 Advent 3
Dec 20 Habakkuk, Zephaniah & Haggai Hab 1, 2; Zeph 1, 3; Hag 1 Hab 2:3; Zeph 3:17; Hag 2:19 Zeph 3:14-18; Hag 2:1-9 Advent 4
Dec 24



Christmas Eve
Dec 27 Zechariah, Malachi Zech 1, 12, 14; Mal 2, 3 Zech 7:10; Mal 3:10 Mal 2:17-3:5; Luke 1:67-79 Christmas 1