This Christmas, our church will be going on a journey through Scripture that will take us back into the Old Testament to show us how God so loved the world that He put in place a plan that would provide a Savior for mankind. We will walk through the entrance of sin into the world and see examples of God’s saving grace that serve as a prelude for the coming of the Messiah. We’ll also look at Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus and eventually how his birth fulfilled these. This journey will offer a depth of understanding and appreciation for how God has been at work to bring about salvation through the promised Savior. This new reading plan runs from Nov. 11 – Dec. 27.
This plan is now available in print and online and you can access it by clicking on the download button below. Printed copies also are available at the church building in the back of the sanctuary and outside the main office. Our groups will be using this plan each week during their time in the Word together. If you’re not already in a group, this is a great time to join! Contact the church office and we will help you get connected. You also can access a full listing of the groups that meet each week.
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.