I have been on a three-week vacation with my family, away from most social media during that time. I’m back! I am working on some future content, but in the meantime, here is a sermon I gave yesterday at Reality LA from Matthew 12:15-21.
We have gone through the Bible over the years as a church, with different reading plans that all had as their main purpose a desire to expose the Christian to the whole counsel of God in one year. Each of these has been so enriching!
What we want to do this year is to focus, not on the entire Biblical canon, but on the entire New Testament, as well as the Psalms and Proverbs. We’ve chosen a reading plan, called Project 345+, which accomplishes this in an exceptional way:
- the weekdays are devoted to reading through the New Testament,
- the weekends are for Psalms and Proverbs.
You’ll notice that the way this plan navigates through the New Testament is by moving through one of the Gospels (John), before branching off into the Acts of the Apostles and Romans. After a round of that…it does another Gospel (Luke), followed by a few more epistles, and the pattern continues, so that a steady diet of the New Testament is processed throughout the year. In this way, you’re getting the full realm of the New Testament throughout the year.
What I am looking forward to most in 2013, is the chance, not simply for exposure, but for marination and maturation. Going through the New Testament will allow us to take our time, and even go back and study portions of Scripture that we read.
As a church, we want to slow down during 2013, and enjoy Jesus through His Word!
Below, you’ll find a link that will provide for you all the resources necessary for starting this years reading! If you are on twitter, the official hashtag is #1YearBible. Feel free to post, give spiritual insights, ask questions, or just browse other people’s tweets.
Enjoy Jesus! http://www.realitysb.com/one-year-bible/
This was Reality’s theme video from yesterday’s Easter service…
This is a story about broken things being restored, a picture of the beautifying work of Christ’s resurrection.
Video was a collaboration between Venture Visuals, Reality Media, and Reality SB.
Our 3rd campus was launched at 10am this morning!
(image by Tyler Morgan)
One of the reservations we were carrying in preparation for the launch was the all too common tendency of a big event to feel like a concert. Really, it’s just our tendency as American consumers to make everything about something that serves our personal needs. But months of prayer blew through consumerism today as many were able to engage God, and be engaged by God as if it were just another wonderful Sunday.
The Psalmist’s words are eerily prophetic for today…
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. (Psalm 63:1-2)
Soli Deo Gloria!