Paul David Tripp NMM :: February 29th

Do you need anything more than the cruel cross of Jesus Christ to convince you of how deep your need for grace is?

Think about it—God was so sure of the depth and expansiveness of your sin, of your inability to grasp how desperate your condition is (and, even if you were able, your complete inability to free yourself from it), that he was willing to harness the forces of nature and to carefully control the events of human history so that at a certain point Jesus would come to live the life you could not live, die the death that you should have died, and rise again, conquering death. Why did God go to this elaborate and sacrificial extent? There is only one answer to the question. God the Father planned it, God the Son was willing to do it, and God the Holy Spirit applied this work to your heart and mine because there just was no other way.

Sin is every human being’s core disease. It is completely beyond the power of any human being to escape it. It separates you from God, for whom you were created. It damages every aspect of your personhood. It makes it impossible for you to be what God created you to be and to do what God designed you to do. It robs you of inner contentment and peace, and it puts you at war with other human beings. It renders you blind, weak, self-oriented, and rebellious. It reduces all of us to fools, and ultimately it leads to death. Sin is an unmitigated, almost incalculable disaster. You can run from a certain situation, you can get yourself out of a relationship, and you can move to another location and choose not to go back again. But you and I have no ability whatsoever to escape from the hold that sin has on us. It is the moral Vise-Grip that has held the heart of every person who has ever lived.

There are few passages that capture the disaster of sin and what it does to people made in God’s image better than Genesis 6:5–6: “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” Note two things from this passage. First, the effect of sin on people was deep, heart deep. Sin is not just a matter of bad behavior. It is a condition of the heart. That’s why you cannot free yourself from it. Second, the effects of sin on you and me are comprehensive. Note the words “every intention” coupled with the words “only evil continually.”

But the passage tells us more. God was not satisfied leaving us in the disaster of sin. The disease that infected the heart of every human being produced sorrow in his heart. But his sorrow was not just the sorrow of remorse or the sorrow of judgment; it was the sorrow of grace. The words of Genesis 6:8—“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord”—tell you that Genesis 6 is not the end of the story. God would not just punish sin; he would raise up a nation out of which his Son would come to live and die to deliver us from it. The cross of his Son stands as a lasting reminder of just how desperate our need is for the grace that that cross represents.

For further study and encouragement :: 1 Peter 3:18—22

Reading The Bible In 2020

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As the new year presents an opportunity for life-change resolutions…many followers of Christ take the beginning of a new year to rethink their Bible reading customs and then apply a renewed emphasis in learning the Bible by reading it themselves. Why?

Because the Bible is—a message from the heavens. It is the transcendent God speaking to us His people that He loves. He does this according to His purpose and He does this through words we can understand. He gives us a message that is God-breathed, profitable, wise, correcting, rebuking, instructing, & completing us (2 Timothy 3:16).

This is an amazing and gracious gift that God has placed in our hands and before our eyes.  As Christians in this part of the world we have been privileged with access to what many others around the world will spend their entire lives seeking. We don’t have to spend ourselves on a mighty quest to attain it.  We have been gifted with the world around us sharing about the Creator and that is good. But God has done that which is so great. The access to the Word of God (The Bible) is already near us—in our pockets, on our shelves, available on our modern devices, and on our kitchen tables, offering the reader the revelation of who God is, what God is like, what does does, and what God has spoken. It is good news!  So how are we to respond with such a gift…Let us be hungry, avid readers with a desire to know the Lord more intently.

Listed below are some of the Bible reading plans that you may choose from. These plans incorporate the Bible.com  reading plans can be added to the devices in your pocket or on your desktop.  Of course, you can also reading along in a physical copy of the Bible.

Murray M’Cheyne Reading Plan ::

This plan is based on the M’Cheyne reading system, featuring four different readings for use in both family and personal devotions. Each day has two passages from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from either the Psalms or the Gospels. In one year, you read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice. This is the one that I will be doing again this year.

Reading God’s Story – One Year Chronological Plan ::

Created by Dr. George Guthrie, this plan takes the material of the Bible and organizes it to flow in chronological order. Since exact dating of some materials or events is not possible, the chronology simply represents an attempt to give you the reader the general flow and development of the Bible’s grand story. Some passages are placed according to topic (e.g., John 1:1-3 in Week 1, Day 2; and many of the psalms). There are six readings for each week to give you space for catching up when needed.

The Bible Project Read Scripture Plan ::

This plan takes you on a chronological journey through the entire Bible over the course of one year. Each book includes videos specifically designed to enhance your understanding and engagement with God’s Word.

The 5 Day Reading Plan ::

Read through the Bible in a year with readings five days a week.

Foundations 260 Bible Reading Plan ::

The F-260 is a two hundred and sixty day reading plan that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know. The HEAR journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. No longer will your focus be on checking off the boxes on your daily reading schedule; your purpose will instead be to read in order to understand and respond to God’s Word.

The One Year Bible Reading Plan ::

Experience the insights and joy gained from reading the entire Bible. You can do it in as little as 15 minutes a day with The One Year ® Bible, the world’s most popular annual reading Bible. Daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs will guide you through God’s Word in one year.

Four Streams Bible Reading Plan ::

At Four Streams, we are simply guides fulfilling the great commission and inviting men, women and children to launch into the great adventure that is life in Christ. This plan will go through the NT 4 times per year, the OT once, Psalms twice, and Proverbs 4 times per year. This plan was developed by John Morton and Tom Anderson, members of the Four Streams ministry team.

Discipleship Journal Reading Plan ::

By reading from four separate places in the Scriptures every day, you will get a better grasp of the unity of the Scriptures. And you can begin at any point of the year.

Professor Horner’s Bible Reading Plan ::

Prof. Horner’s Bible Reading System is meant to be an intense foray into every part of the Bible. This system will have you reading ten chapters each day if followed properly. The intent is to read quickly through each chapter, being careful not to “skim” or “dig-deep” into any single section. Good luck!

#Conversations :: Redemption – Confrontation

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 5 – 7 in which we view the conquering Redeemer in the midst of the world’s confrontations.

 

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations :: Redemption – Revelation

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 3 & 4 in which we view the revelation of the Redeemer.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations – Redemption :: Oppression

This Conversation is based on our sermon series called #Redemption.  The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 1 & 2 in which we view the immense oppression that requires the deliverance of a Redeemer.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations – Redemption :: Introduction to Exodus

We just launched a new series called #Redemption for the Worship Gathering messages at Eastgate Baptist.

The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

Meditate on His Precepts

“In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” – Psalms‬ ‭119:14-16‬


“There are times when solitude is better than company, and silence is wiser than speech. We would be better Christians if we were alone more often, waiting on God and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for service in His kingdom. We ought to ponder the things of God, because that is how we get the real nutriment out of them . Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: In order to have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully on the bunches or else the juice will not flow; and the grapes must be properly tread or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted. So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth if we desire the wine of consolation from them. Our bodies are not supported by merely taking food into the mouth, but the process that really supplies the muscle and the nerve and the sinew and the bone is the process of digestion. It is by digestion that the outward food becomes assimilated with the inner life. Our souls are not nourished merely by listening for a while to this and then to that and then to the other part of divine truth. Hearing, reading, marking, and learning all require inward digesting to complete their usefulness, and the inward digesting of the truth lies mainly in meditating upon it. Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make only slow advances in the Christian life? Because they neglect their closets and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they want the corn, but they will not go out into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs on the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. Deliver us, O Lord, from such folly, and may this be our resolve this morning: “I will meditate on your precepts.””

-Charles H. Spurgeon


Taken from the October 12th reading of Morning & Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon Continue reading