Welcome to the 2015 Bible Reading Program

four-gospels[1]What a blessing God has given us by revealing His plan for our salvation, through His Word. The cornerstone of His plan was the life, teaching and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.

During 2015 we will be reading through the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John three times. The Gospels tell the story of Jesus’ life and His teachings. Jesus is our example for living the Holy life.

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭14-16‬ NASB)

Reading the story of Jesus’ life shows the relationship He had with everyone around Him and His Father, God. Jesus prayed for those who believe in Him to develop the same relationship with Him and God, as He and God shared. The result of that relationship would be that through our lives others would believe Jesus was sent by God to save them.

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. (‭John‬ ‭17‬:‭20-21‬ NASB)

The reading for each day will consist of at least one chapter a day five days a week, Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday will be for reflection, prayer and meditation over the reading for the week. At the end of each reading we will ask questions that will challenge us to change our lives to be “Just Like Jesus”.

Here are a few suggestions to maximize your learning while reading:
1. Pray before you read and ask God to open your heart to His Word.
2. Read the passage as though you have never seen it before.
3. Read with a pen and paper at your side ready to take notes.
4. Keep a journal of what you read. Write down questions about the passage as you read. Take notes of ideas you want to study further, of places mentioned in the passages, verses that “speak” to your life.
5. Write down a verse each day you read to use on Saturday and Sunday to reflect, pray and meditate about.
6. On Saturday choose one verse you wrote down during the week to memorize and commit to your mind and heart during the coming week. By the end of the year you will have memorized fifty-two verses from the Gospels.
7. Always think about what you are reading and how it applies to your life and what you need to do to live “Just Like Jesus”. Apply those changes to your life.

Enjoy your year long journey of reading through the Gospels and learning about Jesus and His life giving Good News of salvation.

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!

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