Upside Down Kingdom

The Kingdom No One Wants


Description:Text: Matthew 8-9Bible Reading:Monday, February 12Matthew 7Tuesday, February 13Matthew 8:1-27Wednesday, February 14Matthew 8:28-34 and 9:1-12Thursday, February 15Matthew 9:14-38Friday, February 16Matthew 10

Upside Down Kingdom

The Law Reinterpreted


Description:Text: Matthew 5:17-48Bible Reading:Monday, February 5Matthew 5 – To get the context of the“antitheses” covered in theSermon on the Mount.Tuesday, February 6Matthew 6 – Continues the discussion ofupside-down kingdom values.Wednesday, February 7Matthew 7 – Brings the discussion to a closewith a memorable analogy at the end ofbuilding houses on good versuspoor foundations.Thursday, February 8.Deuteronomy 4 – For context on theOld Testament view on the Law and itsimportance to the nation of Israel.Friday, February 9Jeremiah 31:31-34 – For context on thedifference that Jesus (Messiah) wouldmake on the practice of the Lawunder the New Covenant.

Upside Down Kingdom

A New Constitution


Description:Text: Matthew 5:1-12Bible Reading:Monday, January 29Matthew 4:12-25Tuesday, January 30Matthew 5:1-12Wednesday, January 31Isaiah 61:1, 66:2; Psalm 51:17 to explorewhat it means to be poor in spirit.Isaiah 61:2-3; Psalm 6:1-9, 13:1-5 to explorethe quality of mourning.Thursday, February 1Psalm 37:11, 25:9 &13, 37:34, 69:32to explore meekness. John 4:14, 6:48-50 toexplore what it means to hunger andthirst after righteousness.Friday, February 2Matthew 6:14-15,18:33-35; Hebrews 6:10 toexplore what it means to be merciful.1 Peter 1:22; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 3:2-3to explore pure in heart. Colossians 3:12-13;Hebrews 12:14 to explore peacemaking.

Upside Down Kingdom

An Unexpected Starting Point


Description:Text: Matthew 4:1-11Bible Reading:Monday, January 22Matthew 1:18-24 and 2:1-18Reflect on how Jesus’ birth refers toan upside-down kingdom.Tuesday, January 23Matthew 2:19-23 and 3:1-7How did John the Baptist announcethe upside-down kingdom?Wednesday, January 24Matthew 4:1-4 and then useDeuteronomy 8:1-5; 1 Samuel 2:5;Isaiah 55:1-3; and John 6:25-59to reflect on the first temptation.Thursday, January 25Matthew 4:5-7, Deuteronomy 6:16; and1 Corinthians 10:9. Now read2 Corinthians 13:5-10;1 Thessalonians 5:19-20; and 1 John 4:1-6to know what we should test.Friday, January 26Matthew 4:8-11; Exodus 20:22; Leviticus 17:7,19:4; 1 Samuel 12:21; Psalm 31:6; and1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 to understand God’sdesire for us to not worship idols

Upside Down Kingdom

An Unexpected King


Description:Text: Mathew 1:1-17Bible Reading:Monday, January 15Matthew 1:1-17Tuesday, January 16Genesis 22:1-19 — Explore the link to AbrahamWednesday, January 17Genesis 38:1-30 — Explore Tamar’s storyThursday, January 18Ruth 1:1-18; 2:1-6; 4:1-22 — Explore Ruth’s storyFriday, January 192 Samuel 11:1-27; 1 Kings 1:1-53 — Explore Bathsheba’s story

Upside Down Kingdom

Looking Forward to God's Mission for 2018


Description:Text: Luke 9-10Bible Reading:Monday, January 8Luke 9Tuesday, January 9Luke 10Wednesday, January 10Phillipians 1:12-26Thursday, January 11Phillipians 1:26-30Friday, January 12Matthew 28

A Staggering Event: An Exciting Way to Start the Year


Description:Text: Acts 26:8=29Bible Reading:Monday, January 1Psalm 40:1-17Tuesday, January 2Psalm 96:1-13Wednesday, January 3Psalm 98:1-9Thursday, January 4Psalm 149:1-9Friday, January 52 Corinthians 5:1-21

Prepare Him Room

Love Gave...


Description:Text: John 3:16Bible Reading:Monday, December 25Luke 2:1-20Tuesday, December 26Luke 2:21-52Wednesday, December 27Luke 3:1-20Thursday, December 28Luke 4:1-13Friday, December 29Luke 4:14-30

Prepare Him Room

The Christ: Waiting for the Coming


Description:Text: Luke 1:26-38This was the Christmas Eve Service at 5 and 10 pm.View the morning service for the list of Bible Readings for this week.

Prepare Him Room

Joy Born Out of Pain


Description:Text: John 16:20-22Bible Reading:Monday, December 18Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 1:26-38Tuesday, December 19Luke 2:21-35; Matthew 12:46-50Wednesday, December 20Philippians 2:5-11Thursday, December 21Luke 1:46-56; 1 Samuel 2:5aFriday, December 22Isaiah 61:1-3; I Corinthians 13:1-13

Prepare Him Room

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint


Description:Text: Romans 5:5Bible Reading:Monday, December 11Luke 1:5-25; John 3:1-19Tuesday, December 12Luke 1:39-45, 2:36-38Wednesday, December 13Matthew 6:31-34; Luke 6:38Thursday, December 14John 16:16-24Friday, December 15John 1:1-18

Prepare Him Room

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint


Description:Text: Romans 5:5Bible Reading:Monday, December 11Luke 1:5-25; John 3:1-19Tuesday, December 12Luke 1:39-45, 2:36-38Wednesday, December 13Matthew 6:31-34; Luke 6:38Thursday, December 14John 16:16-24Friday, December 15John 1:1-18

Prepare Him Room



Description:Text: John 16:33Bible Reading:Monday, December 4Psalm 39:7, 42:5-11Tuesday, December 5Romans 8:20-25Wednesday, December 6I Timothy 6:17; Romans 15:12-13;Psalm 65:5-8Thursday, December 7Psalm 33:17-22; 1 Peter 3:15Friday, December 8Proverbs 13:12; Ephesians 1:17-20;Romans 12:9-13

Living as Gospel People in an Age of Exile


Description:Bible Reading:Monday, November 27Isaiah 9:6-7; Colossians 1:15-17Tuesday, November 28Isaiah 53:5; Ephesians 2:13-14;Colossians 1:20; John 20:21Wednesday, November 29Isaiah 26:3, Matthew 6:24-34; John 14:27Thursday, November 30Leviticus 26:2-12; Romans 12:2, 15:13Friday, December 1Ephesians 1:17-23; Philiipians 4:6-8;Colossians 3:15-17

Journey: This is Our Story



Description:Text: Deuteronomy 8:1-20Bible Reading:Monday, November 20Deuteronomy 1:1-46 and 2:1-7Tuesday, November 21Deuteronomy 4:1-40Wednesday, November 22Deuteronomy 5:1-33Thursday, November 23Deuteronomy 6:1-25Friday, November 24Deuteronomy 8:1-20

Journey: This is Our Story

We Are Not Forgotten


Description:Text: Deuteronomy 1-2Bible Reading:Monday, November 13Exodus 13Tuesday, November 14Exodus 14Wednesday, November 15Deuteronomy 1Thursday, November 16Deuteronomy 2Friday, November 17Deuteronomy 4

Journey: This is Our Story

Sovereign Over Our Coming and Going


Description:Text: Numbers 1-4Bible Reading:Monday, November 6Numbers 26Tuesday, November 7Exodus 12Wednesday, November 8Hebrews 3Thursday, November 9Revelation 7Friday, November 10Psalm 87

Journey: This is Our Story

Turning From God


Description:Text: Exodus 32:1-35; 33:1-22; 34:29-35Bible Reading:Monday, October 30Exodus 19Tuesday, October 31Exodus 20Wednesday, November 1Exodus 32Thursday, November 2Exodus 33Friday, November 3Exodus 34

Journey: This is Our Story

Wrestling With God


Description:Text: Exodus 15:22-27; 16:1-36; Numbers 11:1-35Bible Reading:Monday, October 23Exodus 18Tuesday, October 24Exodus 19Wednesday, October 25Exodus 20Thursday, October 26Numbers 11:1-35Friday, October 20Numbers 20:1-13(Note: this even happened much later in theirJourney indicating that their struggle to trustdespite all God’s provision was ongoing!)

Journey: This is Our Story

Salvation and Freedom


Description:Text: Exodus 13:1-31Bible Reading:Monday, October 16Exodus 13Tuesday, October 17Exodus 14Wednesday, October 18Exodus 15Thursday, October 19Exodus 16Friday, October 20Exodus 17

When Dreams Die

God Redeems


Description:Text: Genesis 38 and 50Bible Reading:Monday, October 9Read Genesis 37 and note Judah’s role inJoseph’s betrayalTuesday, October 10Read Genesis 38 and the strange story of howGod calls Judah to repentance and responsibilityand then read Matthew 1:1-16 and note Judahand Tamar’s place in the line of David and ChristWednesday, October 11Read Genesis 43 and 44 and note the role Judahplays with his father and then with Joseph.What do you think changedfor Judah?Thursday, October 12Read again Genesis 45 and notice how Joseph hasreframed his life in light of God’s plan.Extra credit: Read Genesis 46-49Friday, October 13Read Genesis 50 – especially verses 15-21. What isGod saying to you through Joseph’s description ofhis past, present and he and his brother’s future?

When Dreams Die

God Reconciles


Description:Text: Genesis 42-45Bible Reading:Monday, October 2Genesis 42Tuesday, October 3Genesis 43Wednesday, October 4Genesis 44Thursday, October 5Genesis 45Friday, October 6Exodus 13

When Dreams Die

God Rescues


Description:Text: Genesis 40:1-41:45Bible Reading:Monday - Matthew 19:16-30 Tuesday - Genesis 18:1-15 Wednesday - Genesis 40:1-41:45Thursday - Romans 8:18-27 Friday - Acts 20:23-24

When Dreams Die

God Is With You In The Middle


Description:Text: Genesis 39Bible Reading:Monday, September 18Job 12:13-16Tuesday, September 19Jeremiah 17:5-8Wednesday, September 20Isaiah 40:27-31Thursday, September 21Hebrews 10:19-25Friday, September 22Hebrews 11:13-16; 39-40

When Dreams Die

God Gives A Dream


Description:Text: Genesis 37:1-36Bible Reading:Monday, September 11Genesis 37:1-36 (for further background on thefamily read Genesis 27-35)Tuesday, September 12Psalm 16:11; 23:1-6; 32:8; 37:23Wednesday, September 13Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 30:19-21; 48:12-17Thursday, September 14John 7:16-17; 8:12; 10:1-18; 16:13Friday, September 15Romans 8:14; Philippians 2:12-13;Colossians 3:15-17; Hebrews 13:21

In Step with the Spirit

Love - The Foundational Fruit


Description:Text: Galatians 5:16-26Bible Reading:Monday, September 4Exodus 15:13; 34:6-7; Numbers 14:17-19;Psalm 103:1-22 and explore how God loves usTuesday, September 5Deuteronomy 6:1-5 and Mark 12:29-33and reflect on how God longs for us to lovehim and one anotherWednesday, September 6John 3:16-35; 13:1-35 and explore how Jesustaught us to love through his love for usThursday, September 7Leviticus 19:34; John 13:34-36; Romans 12:9-21;1 John 3:22-24 and 4:7-12 and reflect on God’scommand that we love one anotherFriday, September 8I Corinthians 13:1-13 and reflect on howimportant love is and what it looks like!

In Step with the Spirit



Description:Text: Galatians 5:22-25Bible Reading:Monday, August 28Isaiah 54:4-8; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Hosea 11:1-4and reflect on God’s character of KindnessTuesday, August 29Psalm 106:1-48 (note verse 7) and reflect on howGod’s people responded to his KindnessWednesday, August 30Romans 2:1-4; Titus 3:3-8 and reflect on howkindness leads usThursday, August 31Ephesians 2:1-10 and Colossians 3:12-17 andreflect on how God’s kindness leads usFriday, September 1The Book of Ruth, paying special attention to thekindnesses shown from one person to another(1:8; 2:20; 3:10)

In Step with the Spirit

The Complexity of Goodness


Description:Text: 1 Peter 2:5Bible Reading:Monday, August 21Jeremiah 5:20-25Tuesday, August 22Psalm 14 and Romans 3:9-20Wednesday, August 23Luke 18:18-29Thursday, August 24Genesis 1:27-31Friday, August 251 Peter 2

In Step with the Spirit



Description:Text: Galatians 5:14-24Bible Reading:Monday, August 141 Corinthians 9:19-26Tuesday, August 15Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7 for instructions on self control for specific peopleWednesday, August 162 Timothy 3:1-16sThursday, August 172 Peter 1:3-11Friday, August 18Galatians 5:1-25

In Step with the Spirit



Description:Text: Galatians 5:15-24Bible Reading:Monday, August 14Romans 2:3-5; 9:21-23; 1 Timothy 1:15-17; 2 Peter 3:15 and reflect on God’s patience toward usTuesday, August 15Proverbs 14:29; 15:18; 16:32; 19:11; 25:15; Ecclesiastes 7:8 and reflect on practical wisdom about patienceWednesday, August 161 Corinthians 13:1-6; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14 and reflect on how patience impacts our relationshipsThursday, August 17James 1:2-8 and reflect on how God builds patience into our livesFriday, August 18Psalm 37:7; Romans 8:25; 2 Timothy 4:1-3; James 5:7-10 and reflect on how patience impacts our witness and our waiting for God’s promises

In Step with the Spirit



Description:Text: Galatians 5:14-24Bible Reading:Monday, July 31Psalm 16:1-11Tuesday, August 1Psalm 19:1-14Wednesday, August 2Psalm 28:1-9; 30:11Thursday, August 3Psalm 33:1-22. Friday, August 4John 16:1-33

In Step with the Spirit



Description:Text: Galatians 5:19-25Bible Reading:Monday, July 31Read 1 Kings 19:1-18 and reflect on how God chose to reveal himself to a worn-out, discouraged Elijah.Tuesday, August 1Read Matthew 11:25-30 and reflect on how Jesus chooses to reveal himself and the Father to us.Wednesday, August 2Read Ephesians 4:1-6; Colossians 3:12-14 and reflect on how we are called to live gentle lives and how that impacts the body of Christ.Thursday, August 3Read 1 Timothy 3:1-3; 6:11-12 which deal with qualifications for church leadership and note the role gentleness plays. Spend some praying for our current leaders (Elders, Staff, Ministry leaders) and future pastoral leadership. Use Galatians 2:20 to ask God that these leaders would daily identify with Christ in his death and resurrection so that Christ lives through them. Friday, August 4Read James 3:13-18 which speaks of gentleness in wisdom and peacemaking and then Proverbs 15:1-4 for practical wisdom for how we are gentle in our day to day interactions.

In Step with the Spirit



Description:Text: Galatians 5/bible Reading:Monday, July 17Colossians 3:14-15Tuesday, July 18Isaiah 9:6-7Wednesday, July 19Isaiah 32:15-20Thursday, July 202 Corinthians 14:11Friday, July 21James 3:16-18

In Step with the Spirit

God is Faithful, So we are Faithful


Description:Text: Galatians 5Bible Reading:Monday, July 10Read Genesis 15:6; Romans 4Consider Abraham’s faith, why do you think he believed?Tuesday, July 11Read Hebrews 11What does faith mean and who are the faithful?Wednesday, July 12Read Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 111 Meditate on God’s faithfulness and reflect on His faithfulness in your life. How has he been faithful to you? Thursday, July 13Read John 15:1-13 What does it look like to be attached to the Vine?Friday, July 14Read Galatians 5:13-26 Compare the fruit of the Spirit to the sinful nature. Write down what you notice.

In Step with the Spirit

In Step with the Spirit


Description:Text: Galatians 2:20Bible Reading:Monday, July 3Read Galatians 1:1-10. What was Paul challenging the churches in Galatia about?Tuesday, July 4Read Galatians 1:11-2:10 This is Paul’s story of how he came to understand the gospel of grace and what happened when he shared that gospel with the Gentiles.Wednesday, July 5Read Galatians 2:11-21 Paul shares how even Peter, a key leader in the church struggled with living out grace instead of legalism. Focus on verse 20, which is our key verse for this series.Thursday, July 6Read Galatians 3:1-25 Paul teaches that the law was just a guardian but not the full adoption into grace.Friday, July 7Read Galatians 3:26-4:1-7 and then skip to 5:1-12 – Now you are ready to study the Fruit of the Spirit!

Everyone Service

He Made Him to be Sin


Description:Text: Numbers 21:4-9Bible Reading:Monday, July 3John 3:1-21Tuesday, July 42 Corinthians 5:18-21Wednesday, July 5Psalm 121Thursday, July 6Revelation 1:12-20Friday, July 7Isaiah 12

Faith at Work - James

Lasting Faith


Description:Text: James 5:7-20Bible Reading:Monday, June 19Psalm 107:28-30Tuesday, June 20Philippians 4:6-7Wednesday, June 211 Timothy 2:1-2Thursday, June 222 Chronicles 7:14Friday, June 23Ephesians 1:18 and 6:18

Faith at Work - James

Humble Faith


Description:Text: James 4:11-5:6Bible Reading:Monday, June 12James 1Tuesday, June 13James 2Wednesday, June 14James 3Thursday, June 15James 4Friday, June 16James 5

Faith at Work - James

Wise Faith


Description:Text: James 3:13-4:10Bible Reading:Monday, June 5Job 28:28; Psalm 25:9; 45:4; 107:43; 149:4 on wisdomTuesday, June 62 Corinthians 12:20; Romans 13:13;Philippians 1:15; 2:3 on bitter jealousy and selfishnessWednesday, June 7Romans 7:13-15 on where theseevil desires come fromThursday, June 81 Peter 5:5; Psalm138:6; Matthew 23:13Proverbs 29:23 on humilityFriday, June 9Proverbs 11:18; Matthew 5:9; Hosea 10:12Philippians 2:1-11on humility

Faith at Work - James

Taming the Tounge


Description:Text: James 3:1-13Bible Reading:Monday, May 22 Ephesians 4:29Tuesday, May 23Matthew 12:33-37Wednesday, May 241 Peter 2:1-5Thursday, May 251 Corinthians 13:1-13Friday, May 26Romans 12:1-21

Faith at Work - James

Dead Faith


Description:Text: James 2:14-26Bible Reading Monday, May 22 James 2:14-26Tuesday, May 23 Genesis 12:1-5; 15:1-1-6; Galatians 3:1-6Wednesday, May 24 Joshua 2:1-24Thursday, May 25 Romans 3:21-31Friday, May 26 Romans 4:1-25

Faith at Work - James

Impartial Faith


Description:Text: James 2:1-13Bible ReadingMonday, May 15 1 Timothy 5:21Tuesday, May 16Galatians 3:27-28Wednesday, May 17Acts 10:34-36Thursday, May 18Deuteronomy 10:17Friday, May 19Leviticus 19:15

Faith at Work - James

Words That Free Us


Description:Text: James 1:19-27Bible Reading:Monday, May 8 John 8:31-32Tuesday, May 9Psalm 119:11Wednesday, May 101 Peter 1:22-25Thursday, May 11Proverbs 25:11Friday, May 12Romans 12:2

Faith at Work - James

Faith Under Attack


Description:Text: James 1:1-18Bible Reading:Monday - James 1Tuesday - James 2Wednesday - James 3Thursday - James 4Friday - James 5

7 Sayings from John

I Am the Vine


Description:Text: John 15:1-17Bible Reading:Monday, April 24 John 15:1-17Tuesday, April 25Psalm 1Wednesday, April 26Galatians 5:16-26Thursday, April 27Matthew 11:28-30 Friday, April 281 Corinthians 3:5-9

7 Sayings from John

I Am the Ressurection and the Life


Description:Text: John 11:1-44Bible Reading:Monday, April 17 John 11:17-27Tuesday, April 18John 10:7-10Wednesday, April 191 Corinthians 15:12-19Thursday, April 201 Corinthians 15:55 Friday, April 21Romans 8:11

7 Sayings from John

I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life


Description:Text: John 14:1-12Bible Reading:Monday, April 10John 14-:1-7Tuesday, April 11Acts 4:11-12Wednesday, April 12Psalm 43:3-5Thursday, April 13Romans 6:22-23Friday, April 14John 14:15-20

7 Sayings from John

I Am the Good Shepherd


Description:Text: John 10:11-21Bible Reading:Monday, April 3 Ezekiel 34:1-24 and 30-31 and reflect on the description of the bad shepherds and how God desired to be Israel’s ShepherdTuesday, April 4The idea of God as our Shepherd, and human spiritual leaders as shepherds was not new in Jesus day. Read these passages to explore: Genesis 48:15-16 (Jacob’s blessing of Joseph; 2 Samuel 5:1-3; 7:1-9; 24:10-17 (David’s view of himself as an under-shepherd of God the great Shepherd. Note especially when he takes responsibility for his sin impacting the people/sheep) What do you learn about those God calls to shepherd his people on his behalf?Wednesday, April 5Read Zechariah 11:4-17 – Where God asks Zechariah to symbolically shepherd the people as God does and Zechariah experiences what it is like to fire bad shepherds and deal with unruly sheep!Thursday, April 6Read John 10:1-1-21 – What do you learn Jesus as the Good Shepherd that we all long for? What characterizes the relationship of sheep (people) to the Good Shepherd (Jesus)? Friday, April 7Read Psalm 23 as a prayer

7 Sayings from John

I Am the Door


Description:Text: John 10:9Bible Readings:Monday, March 27John 10:8-10Tuesday, March 28John 10:1-7Wednesday, March 29Ezekiel 34:14Thursday, March 30Ezekiel 36:38Friday, March 31John 14:6

7 Sayings from John

I Am the Light of the World


Description:Text: John 8:12-20Bible Reading:Monday, March 20John 7:1-52Tuesday, March 21John 8:12-59Wednesday, March 22John 9:1-41Thursday, March 23John 3:16-20Friday, March 24Matthew 5:15; Psalm 109:5