New Year, New Devotional Plan

Please read the prior post by Pastor Barnes, and if you don’t already have a plan for systematically reading your Bible in 2019, then I encourage to make one. Plan your work, work your plan. If something is important, then you will make time to plan what you intend to execute and accomplish. Professor Grant Horner’s reading plan is the one I’ve been using the past couple of years, but I like the one drafted by Pastor Barnes, and I plan to use it in 2019. Thanks for the plan, Jonah!

I thought I would also suggest a supplement to whatever daily reading/devotional plan people choose to adopt. In the Fourth Commandment, God tells his children to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy. A simple suggestion for brothers and sisters in Christ to prepare for and anticipate to keep the Sabbath holy is for them to incorporate into their daily reading/devotional plans the Scripture read and preached on the Lord’s Day in their local church. You can do this two ways: (1) you can read and meditate on the Word from the prior Lord’s Service, or, (2) if your local church publishes in advance liturgical information for corporate worship, you can prepare by reading and meditating on the Word of God that will be read and preached on the upcoming Lord’s Day.

For practical suggestions on preparing for, receiving, and practicing the Word of God that is read and preached on the Lord’s Day, I recommend the section on “Listening to Sermons” in The Family at Church by Joel R. Beeke. Corporate worship is the only ordinary time throughout the week that God calls all his children together to catechize and care for them. If you incorporate your daily reading/devotional plan into the 52 day reading/devotional plan for the corporate body, then I suspect you will begin to look at the relation of Word and Worship with newfound meaning and importance.

In 2019, may the Lord with Word and Worship open our eyes, that we may behold wondrous things out of His law.

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