Whether you are old or young or somewhere in-between, I want to encourage you to consider how you might engage God more intentionally in 2017. We want to encourage you to strategize, and then plan for three things this coming year.

1. Read. Psalm 119:9-16

Consider how you can spend more time this coming year reading God’s Word and books that encourage you in your Christian life. We have listed a variety of Bible reading plans. We have also included a list of some great books on the spiritual disciplines. You can also stop by our book review shelf in the church lobby for inspiration. Avoid apathy; pick up God’s Word. Read.

  • The Discipleship Journal Reading Plan (Four daily readings beginning in Genesis, Psalms, Matthew and Acts.)
    Duration: One year | Download: PDF
  • The 5x5x5 New Testament Plan (Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.)
    Duration: One year | Download: PDF
  • The ESV plan (Four daily readings taken from four lists: Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Pentateuch and History of Israel, Chronicles and Prophets, and Gospels and Epistles.)
    Duration:
    One year | Download: PDF
  • The McCheyne Plan (Read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once.)
    Duration: One year | Download: PDF
  • Carson’s McCheyne Plan (This is Don Carson’s edition of M’Cheyne’s calendar. The readings are spread over two years, and each year is formatted onto a single side of Letter paper.)Duration: Two years | Download: PDF
  • Chronological Plan (The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.)
    Duration: One year | Download: PDF
  • The Two Year Plan (Read the Old and New Testaments once, and Psalms & Proverbs four times.)
    Duration:
    Two years | Download: PDF

Books on Spiritual Disciplines:

  • Habits of Grace – David Mathis
  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald Whitney
  • Disciplines of a Godly Man – Kent Hughes

 2. Pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Consider how you can spend more time this coming year praying. We want to be a praying church that leans on God for help in all things. Pray by yourself and with others. Pray with your spouse, kids, and in your community group. Pray for the lost, for unity, for growth in godliness, for healing, and for your leaders. We have included a short list of books on prayer to help you. Battle doubt; find help. Pray.

Books on Prayer

  • A Praying Life – Paul Miller
  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God – Tim Keller
  • Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Second Edition – D. A. Carson

3. Relate. Hebrews 3:12-14 & 10:24-25

Consider how you can spend more time sharing your life and faith with others. This is about the church community and the gospel. How can you relate the things you are reading about and praying about with others? How can you relate your life, your struggles, your fears, your victories in community so that others can encourage you and be encouraged by you? We’ve provided a link to our community group page for those still looking for a group to join. Resist isolation; embrace community. Relate.

Check our our current Community Group List

Here we have three simple, yet significant things that I believe God is calling us to engage in more as a church this coming year. What will it look like for you?  Read. Pray. Relate.

 

May Grace Abound!

-Pastor Dan