We want to encourage you to daily Listen to the Scriptures in the context of community, so we’ve created a resource to help you do just that. It’s called the Abiding Practice Journal, and you can pick up one for free from the bookshelf in the lobby. To go along with this journal, we’ve selected two different options for Bible reading plans, and you can find out more about them below.
We encourage you and your DNA Group or others in your Missional Community to choose one of these plans together and commit to Listening to the Scriptures by all reading the same thing on the same day. There are hundreds of different plans out there to help you read the Bible and dozens of different journals or other resources to help you do it in a structured way. You don’t have to use this journal or one of these plans, but whatever you do we urge you to daily Listen to the Scriptures in the context of your community.
Each day you’ll find five questions that guide you as you Listen the Scriptures.
- What Has God Done In These Scriptures? (What do you observe God doing or hear him saying in these Scriptures? All of Scripture ultimately points to what God did through Jesus. Worship God for what he has done, is doing, and will do.)
- What Is True Of God In Light Of These Things? (We come to know who God is in light of what he’s done. His actions speak volumes about his good attributes, character, and nature. What do our observations reveal to be true about him?)
- What Is True Of Me In Light Of These Things? (Because of who God is and what he’s done, we now relate differently to him and to others. How does this create a heart of thankfulness in you as his child and shape the way you view yourself?)
- What Am I To Do In Response? (How might the Holy Spirit be prompting you to apply these Scriptures so that you live differently today? What truths can you believe, sins can you confess, or commands can you obey?)
- How Can I Engage God & Others With These Things? (In a few words or sentences write how God has most impacted you today. Next, pray those things back to him. Lastly, send them to others in your community in order to “exhort one another every day” -Hebrews 3:13.)
Here’s a sample page of how we’ve structured you to Listen to the Scriptures each day.
Read the Old & New Testaments in one year by reading seven days a week. This plan was created by BibleProject and takes you on a journey to see that the Bible is one, unified story that leads to Jesus.