This year seems to be one for the ages. Our culture is experiencing a pandemic, civil unrest and political division. The need for us as believers to focus on Jesus has always been great … the need for us to focus on him NOW is extremely urgent. As we navigate the turmoil around us, we can only glorify God by following the way of Jesus. And we will be able to more clearly see this path by walking through the Gospel of Matthew. We will see how Jesus came, how he lived and taught, how he willingly died and then was raised again to victory.
This plan is now available in print and online and you can access it by clicking on the download buttons below. One version is for viewing on your device and the other is a printable version. Printed copies also are available at the church building in the back of the sanctuary and outside the main office.
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.