Well I sincerely pray and hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed ours. This year we decided to stay home for Christmas. Although we missed visiting our families, we did get a chance to see and speak to them via FaceTime. Thank God for technology!
As the New Year approaches, many of us will make resolutions to lose weight, get out of debt, take a long anticipated trip, and so on. Some people scoff at the idea of New Year’s resolutions and understandably so. We tend to start with a blast, but begin to taper off a few weeks or months in. But I think making these types of commitments are not all bad, even if a person doesn’t make it all the way through. Moving towards a goal is better than not moving at all, in my opinion.
The truth is, for many people, the New Year tends to incite a renewed zeal to achieve something. Knowing this, we are seeking to leverage it by encouraging members of our church to make it a goal to read the Bible more (beyond Sunday and Wednesday services). In the past we have simply made available one-year Bible reading plans for our members to follow at their own personal pace. However, this year we are launching a church-wide (among the adults) bible reading initiative. We are calling it the RYBT (Read Your Bible Today) Challenge – which came from a topical sermon I preached in our youth church service entitled, “You Have A Text Message”.
We are doing three of them throughout 2013 (Spring, Summer, and Fall). The first one begins on Monday, January 14th. We will read through the book of Romans, tackling a chapter a day for 16 days straight. For the Summer we will take on Amos and for the Fall we will read through the gospel according to Matthew.
Our prayerful hope of issuing such a corporate challenge is that the Holy Spirit will use it to increase our appetite for God’s Word (1 Peter 2:1-3).
Transformation involves consumption. Eat up!