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Week Four–Christian Living: Discipleship

January 22-28

God is God and what makes Him such is far beyond anything we can impact or influence. He is God despite us, not because of us. His place or prominence does not grow based on our allegiance or admiration. We are certainly bettered based on our understanding and appreciation of Him. The same is true of His Son, Jesus. He made Him both Lord and Christ whom men rejected and killed (Acts 2:36). He is those things despite men’s response to Him. The salvation offered through that Son’s sacrifice, though, must be received. Now man’s response is paramount. What he thinks and believes and does makes all the difference. “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,” (Heb. 5:9). Even though salvation is not achieved based on man’s actions–in other words, we are not saved on the basis of our obedience–our right living is critical to our relationship with our creator. His grace saves us and trains “us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,” Titus 2:12. So, our fourth theme is devoted to that upright, godly living we are called to as followers of Jesus Christ.

The most frequently used term to describe a follower of Jesus in the New Testament is “disciple.” Thus, discipleship is an apt term to describe the life we are called to and the focus of this week’s readings and thoughts.

Through The Bible, January 22

Matthew 5:1-12

A Listener

The crowd that assembled on a Galilean hillside and were privileged to hear the very words uttered that we know as the Sermon on the Mount is described as disciples. If a follower of Jesus is a disciple then that one is a listener and a learner. Remember when God explicitly and audibly identified Jesus as His Son, He said, “listen to him” (Matt. 17:5). Without listening, there is no discipleship.


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Through the Bible, 2018 Reading Program Overview

2018 Bible Reading Plan

Conviction in the power of God’s word to transform lives (including my own) remains unabated. So I’m presenting another Bible reading plan for the upcoming year. This plan is built around the four key themes of the Bible—God, Jesus, Salvation, and Christian living. The Bible is all about God, Jesus is all about making God known to us, salvation is the outgrowth of God’s love and the purpose of Jesus’ coming, and Christian living is the transformed life we live because of God and all that He’s done through Jesus.

Every week this year we will focus on one of the varied aspects of one of these themes. We’ll begin this week with God and His greatness. Next week we’ll move to Jesus as God’s Son, the following week will be our salvation understood as redemption, then it will be discipleship in Christian living. Then, we’ll start back through the four theme again, one week at a time. This approach will give us thirteen opportunities to delve into each of the four themes.

Each week I will post an introduction to that week’s reading emphasis and every day I will post a devotional thought based on that’ day’s reading.

I’m looking forward to this year’s Bible reading and hope you will join in and participate with us!