Wednesday, December 21, 2005

'Know His Voice' project (part 2)

Our church-wide Bible reading project in 2006 is focused on becoming very familiar with what Jesus said; we want to get to know our Master's voice. Each day's readings will be noted in three places: the monthly church calendar, the church e-News and right here on my blog.

The coming year's reading has three parts to it. Phase one we described in a post yesterday - a comprehensive reading of all four Gospels in canonical order during the first forty days of the year (Jan. 1 thru Feb. 11). Think of it as "forty days through the Four."

Phase two of our reading will begin on the seventh Sunday of the year, Feb. 12 and is perhaps the most challenging part of the project. Many of the accounts related in the Gospels are unique to a particular Gospel (e.g. - our study of the passages unique to Luke's Gospel in our Sunday morning adult classes this quarter). However, some accounts are precisely the opposite - they were deemed of such importance for the sake of their original audience that all three writers of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) recorded the incident, often from different perspectives or with varying points of emphasis. During the second phase of our reading we'll take a close look this sort of record - accounts that are recorded by all three of the Synoptic writers (or even all four Gospel authors). During this portion of the reading project a typical day's reading would be comparative reading such as in the following example:
Who to release: Jesus or Barabbas?
- Matthew 27:15-23
- Mark 15:6-14
- Luke 23:17-23
- John 18:39-40
Finally, the third phase of our reading project in 2006 will be a categorized reading of various sayings of Jesus. These will be passages that relate to a specific topic. For example, what did Jesus say and do in regard to the subject of prayer? Among the many passages, read:
Matthew 6:9-13; 7:7-11
Mark 14:32-42
Luke 3:21-22; 5:15-16; 6:12-14; 18:1-8
John 17
It simply doesn't get any better than what the Master says! How we need to always focus on what we know without question what God has said to us. And that is precisely what this project is designed to assist us in doing.
"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe." Hebrews 1:1-2
And just so you'll have it in front of you, here's the schedule for phase one of this project:
Sun., Jan. 1: Matthew 1-2
Mon., Jan. 2: Matthew 3-4
Tues., Jan. 3: Matthew 5-7
Wed., Jan. 4: Matthew 8-10
Thur., Jan. 5: Matthew 11-13
Fri., Jan. 6: Matthew 14-16
Sat., Jan. 7: make up day

Sun., Jan. 8: Matthew 17-18
Mon., Jan. 9: Matthew 19-20
Tues., Jan. 10: Matthew 21-22
Wed., Jan. 11: Matthew 23-24
Thur., Jan. 12: Matthew 25-26
Fri., Jan. 13: Matthew 27-28
Sat., Jan. 14: make up day

Sun., Jan. 15: Mark 1-3
Mon., Jan. 16: Mark 4-6
Tues., Jan. 17: Mark 7-9
Wed., Jan. 18: Mark 10-12
Thur., Jan. 19: Mark 13-14
Fri., Jan. 20: Mark 15-16
Sat., Jan. 21: make up day

Sun., Jan. 22: Luke 1-2
Mon., Jan. 23: Luke 3-4
Tues., Jan. 24: Luke 5-6
Wed., Jan. 25: Luke 7-8
Thur., Jan. 26: Luke 9-11
Fri., Jan. 27: Luke 12-13
Sat., Jan. 28: make up day

Sun., Jan. 29: Luke 14-15
Mon., Jan. 30: Luke 16-17
Tues., Jan. 31: Luke 18-19
Wed., Feb. 1: Luke 20-21
Thur., Feb. 2: Luke 22-23
Fri., Feb. 3: Luke 24
Sat., Feb. 4: make up day

Sun., Feb. 5: John 1-3
Mon., Feb. 6: John 4-5
Tues., Feb. 7: John 6-7
Wed., Feb. 8: John 8-10
Thur., Feb. 9: John 11-12
Fri., Feb. 10: John 13-17
Sat., Feb. 11: John 18-21