As we move into the Easter season here at Pea Ridge Baptist, we are entering into a new journey through Scripture. The first three weeks of this new journey will take us through the synoptic gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke) accounts of our Savior’s crucifixion and resurrection, along with selected chapters from Hebrews. During the final week of April we will read through 1 John in a quest to live as God has commanded in light of the sacrifice and victory of Jesus.
Just as we did on our journey through John which carried us from September 2018 through March 2019, our groups will focus their discussions on this plan each week. Also, Pastor Dan will preach each week from a passage connected to the plan. We have received positive feedback on the effectiveness of this approach and so we will continue to move in this direction.
This plan is now available in print and online and you can access it by clicking on the download button below. The text of the plan also is included at the bottom of this page.
The H.E.A.R. method
You are encouraged to use the H.E.A.R. method of journaling to help you understand and apply God’s Word, and to encourage a rich personal time together with the Lord each day. Below is detailed information about the H.E.A.R. method, some of which comes from the website replicate.org:
The H.E.A.R. journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. Rather than checking off the boxes on your daily reading schedule; you will instead read to understand and respond to God’s Word.
The acronym H.E.A.R. stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak.
H – Read the passage for the day and pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit about where you need to focus. Then write the verse reference along with the full text of that verse.
E – Take some time to explain what the verse means, focusing on the intent of the author and what it would have meant to the original readers.
A – Write down what the verse means to you and how you can apply this truth in your own life.
R – Write out a prayer of response to God, thanking Him for His truth and asking Him to help you use what He has shown you to grow in your walk with Christ.
For an even more detailed breakdown of this method and an example journal entry, visit What is a HEAR Journal? on replicate.org.
April 1: Matthew 26
April 2: Matthew 27
April 3: Matthew 28
April 4: Hebrews 8
April 5: Hebrews 9
April 8: Mark 14
April 9: Mark 15
April 10: Mark 16
April 11: Hebrews 10
April 12: Hebrews 11
April 15: Luke 22
April 16: Luke 23
April 17: Luke 24
April 18: Hebrews 12
April 19: Hebrews 13
April 22: 1 John 1
April 23: 1 John 2
April 24: 1 John 3
April 25: 1 John 4
April 26: 1 John 5