bible reading plan

September- October Series

Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life.
This series will remind you that Jesus is filling the world with his presence through the everyday lives of everyday people..

September 12 | Jesus is Better

John 15:1-5; Romans 6:5-11, 23; Colossians 1:16-20; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Psalm 63; Psalm 42

The gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16). Salvation from the penalty, power and presence of sin by believing in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus did it better (lived and died); Jesus does it better (rose and is present and at work in and through us); and Jesus will make it better (will return to make all things new). Have you believed and are you currently walking in the truths of Jesus? Where do you struggle with unbelief in the gospel?

September 19 | All of Life Discipleship

Luke 10:1-11, 17; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 5:12-14; Psalm 133; Proverbs 27:5-6, 17; Proverbs 18:1-8

Discipleship is leading one another to increasingly submit all of life to the empowering presence and lordship of Jesus Christ. This cannot happen in a once a week gathering, a classroom or in a one-on-one relationship alone. Consider how Jesus made disciples. It requires life-on-life, life in community and life-on-mission.

September 26 | Family identity

John 5:19-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:3-7; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8; 1 Timothy 5:1-12; Psalm 133; Psalm 139

Who we believe we are leads to what we do. In baptism, we are given a new identity in Christ. We are to love one another in the same way we have been loved by God the Father. While we were enemies, He loved us as sons and daughters. How would we live if we loved one another, our co-workers, and our neighbors like God has loved us – like family?

October 3 | Servant Identity

1 Chronicles 29:10-14; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 19:8-10; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:13-18; Psalm 23; Psalm 103

Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and give his life. As followers of Jesus, part of our new identity is servant of the Servant King – ambassadors sent to serve like He did and does, showing what He is like. Our act of worship is to offer our whole bodies as a living sacrifice, serving others as a demonstration of what Jesus is like, and out of love for what Jesus has done. Our serving is a foretaste of the Kingdom.

October 10 | Missionary Identity

Isaiah 6:8; Jeremiah 29:4-7; Matthew 9:10-13; Luke 4:17-21; John 17:14-19; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 1 Peter 2:9-12; Psalm 67; Psalm 96

Jesus was sent by the Father and empowered by the Spirit. If you are a child of God – if you belong to Christ – you have the same Spirit that empowered Jesus on his mission. You are a missionary empowered and sent to overcome sin and Satan, proclaim the gospel, and bring the presence of God in tangible ways. You are always on mission at home, in your neighborhood, at work, and together as a community on mission.

October 17 | Rhythms  (Eat, Celebrate, Recreate)

Genesis 1:1-2:3; Mark 2:27-28; Luke 7:33-35; John 12:12-13; Psalm 16; Psalm 145

As you think through being disciples of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life, we want to encourage you to stop thinking additionally (adding things to our lives) and start thinking intentionally. What if we took what we already are doing, and did it with intentionality together in community? We could eat with one another and those who don’t yet believe in Jesus. We could celebrate by bringing the “better wine” and the “servant towel”. And we could recreate as way of demonstrating the rest we have in the gospel, and the restoration the gospel brings about.

October 24 | Rhythms (Listen, Story, Bless)

Genesis 12:1-3; Leviticus 19:9-10; Psalm 145:4-7; Mark 1:35; John 16:13-14; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 1:3-4; Psalm 85; Psalm 44

As we eat, celebrate, and recreate with one another and those who don’t yet believe in Jesus, we need to listen well to both to others and to the Spirit. As we do, we learn each other’s stories, keeping in mind the gospel story. This should lead us to bless others as an expression of the good news of Jesus.

October 31 | Commissioned Together

Acts 4:23-37; Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus made disciples while on mission to make more disciples. How can you follow Jesus together with your community through both personal and collective mission? Jeff Vanderstelt gives examples of a variety of collective missions, as well as how personal mission is accomplished more affectively through a missional community.