Remember, in His Word, God has:

  • Something to see – what does the text say
  • Something to understand – what does it mean
  • Something to apply – what does it mean to me
  • Something to praise – for what are you thankful?

(1) Through the Bible

Day 1: I Timothy 1-2Day 4: 2 Tim 1-2
Day 2: 1 Tim 3-4Day 5: 2 Tim 3-4
Day 3: 1 Tim 5-6Day 6: Titus 1-3

This Sunday the preaching theme is the Letters of the New Testament based upon 1 John 2:1-6. The letters of the New Testament are real correspondence with real people living in real cities dealing with real problems of life and faith. They are richly theological, yet also contain practical instruction for Christian living.

For this week’s readings instead of “passages and verses” I wish to encourage you to read the sermon text and pick a letter from the New Testament to read through in its entirety. Imagine yourself as a 1st century Christian receiving the letter and reading it for the first time. What are your impressions regarding: purpose of the letter, its theme, its tone. If you are in our Men’s or Women’s bible studies you are already in the book of Colossians so that could be your letter for the week. Or perhaps go with a different letter; Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians are each great little letters with an excellent blend of theology and practice.

(2) Key Passages (See above note)

(1) Key Verses (See above note)

(4) Pre-readers (in the translation of your choice, quoted below from the NLT)

“I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”

1 John 5:13