Monday, January 6, 2014

"Spiritual Disciplines for 2014"

    The life of a Christian is one of discipline; therefore, the intake of God's Word is one of the most important disciplines a believer can enjoy. Reading the Bible for God's people is more important for their soul than their daily intake of nutrition for their physical bodies.  This year, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will read through God's Word together again systematically. For the last three years, we have worked through Robert Murray McCheyne's reading plan, which has been a great blessing. This year, however, we will use Crossway's chronological reading plan. This plan will carry God's people through the Bible chronologically and lay it out in the order the events took place. 
    Another spiritual discipline which PHBC will undertake is the memorization of God's Word. Psalm 119:11 reminds us of the importance of knowing God's Word when the Psalmist says, "I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Over the last couple of months, PHBC has had a "PowerVerse" of the month, which the church family would work on memorizing throughout the month. This year, PHBC will take the challenge to memorize one of the most encouraging, Christ-exalting, God-centered chapters throughout the New Testament. By God's grace, we will work on memorizing Romans chapter eight (the whole chapter) for the year of 2014.
     But, why do Christians practice such disciplines? 
1 Timothy 4:7-8 says, "Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train (discipline) yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."
     So, what are your spiritual discipline plans for 2014? Why don't you join PHBC and take the journey with us as we discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness? 

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  1. Once at another church we encouraged our people to listen to the N.T. on tape. We had 45 people to do this in 30 days. I hope they read the O.T. I have been teaching God's Promise Plan for the Bible in the Adult Bible Class. The purpose is trying to help folks want to read the O.T. like Levitgicus and Deuteronomy with a purpose in the reading of the book.

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    1. Charles, that is great! I just finished carrying our people through an overview of the O.T. from Genesis to Malachi with the purpose of them seeing Christ in the O.T. So many people fail to read the O.T. due to the fact they try to read it separated from the N.T. One will never understand the O.T. apart from the N.T. God bless, brother!

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