God is not silent. He has spoken and continues to speak through His Word. For this reason, reading Scripture is of critical importance for the people of God. As we approach a New Year, this is a great time to choose a Bible reading plan, be resolved and start reading! Continue reading Bible Reading for 2016
God – the Creator and Sovereign of the universe – is not silent. He has spoken and continues to speak through His Word. For this reason, reading Scripture is of paramount importance for the people of God. As we start a New Year, this is a great time to choose a Bible reading plan, be resolved and start reading! Continue reading Bible Reading for 2015
Reading and studying the Bible is a rewarding experience. The Psalmist declared, “I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes” (). By means of this consistent activity, we come face to face with what God has spoken. This is a true delight!
On the HBC blog, in addition to the various topics and issues we will write about, once a week we will be posting an instalment from our new Bible Devotion Series.
The plan is for you to READ, STUDY, and APPLY a passage of Scripture. The approach will be for you to work your way through a book of the Bible. In the post you will have the passage of Scripture, a brief commentary and then some study questions (this could even be used in a Bible study group context).
These posts are designed to be brief so they won’t answer every question you may have from the passage. We would encourage to to dig deeper in the text as a result of these devotions.
The first Bible Devotion Series will be 1 Timothy.
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48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.
God – the Creator and Sovereign of the universe – is not silent. He has spoken and continues to speak through His Word. For this reason, reading Scripture is of paramount importance for the people of God. As we start a new year, this is a great time to choose a Bible reading plan, be resolved and start reading!
My friend Nathan W. Bingham (Internet Outreach Manager at Ligonier Ministries) has compiled a helpful list of 14 different Bible reading plans for 2014. I commend this helpful compilation to you (I personally use the Robert Murray M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan).
As we read through the Scriptures, let us strive to apply the following: Firstly, Desire the Word (). Secondly Read the Word (; ). Thirdly Meditate on the Word () in the fourth place, Memorize the Word () and Finally, take the time to Obey the Word ().
Happy reading for 2014!
42:1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
because I long for your commandments.
13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Reading through the Scripture is a very important practice for the believer. By doing so we are exposing ourselves to God’s word which in turn provides “us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (). As we read through it, it ought to be read with a holy appetite desiring to know more about our Lord. What about reading the Old Testament? We should be considering how it points to the Lord Jesus Christ because the Scriptures are about Him. Consider this following quote from the Doctor (Martyn Lloyd-Jones):
“Now as soon as we, as evangelical Christians, approach this great subject of revelation, we come immediately to the great and central fact of the Lord Jesus Christ. God has revealed Himself in other ways. He has revealed Himself in nature, and the apostle Paul argues in Romans (1. 19 ff.) that we are without excuse if we do not see Him there. Yet, there we do not see God as He really is because of our sin. The revelation is there, but we do not see it. God has also revealed Himself in history. Further, God has revealed Himself to the Old Testament fathers in various ways. But, as evangelical Christians, we start with the great central fact of the Lord Jesus Christ. The whole Bible is really about Him. The Old Testament looks forward to Him. It tells us that Someone is coming. The promise seems vague, nebulous and indefinite at some points, clearer and more specific at others. But there it is. God is going to do something, and Someone will come. At last, the Voice will be heard. An authority is going to speak. The Old Testament attitude is one of waiting on tiptoe, as it were. Then, of course, as soon as we come to the New Testament we find it is full of Him.”
I find this very practical. When I read the Scripture I read them so as to know more about my Lord. When it comes to reading the Old Testament, it is to be read with great anticipation of the coming Messiah. I trust that your reading of the Scriptures this coming year will be rewarding and exciting!
 D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Authority. Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1967, pp. 13-14
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3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,