The 2014 Good Shepherd Daily Reading Guide is now available. If you complete the readings in this guide you will have read the complete New Testament over the course of the year. However, the ultimate goal of this reading guide is not to finish reading our Bibles. The goal is to daily encounter Jesus through the Word. It is about spending time with our Savior and listening to what he has to say about whatever is going on in our lives. As modern people, we live such busy lives and as a result we don’t take time to hear from Jesus about what he has to say about all of that.
I would like to encourage you to set aside a regular time for daily devotion. For some it may be early in the morning. For others it may be be during your lunch break. And still others you might set aside some time in the evening. The key is develop a routine and a habit.
Keep in mind you do not want to read for reading sake. We want to read in such a way that we are listening for what Jesus might want to say. There is no better way to hear from Jesus than to take the next step and write down your thoughts after you read the text. There are 4 things you may want to consider as you read the text. You can remember these 4 things by using the acronym SOAP. SOAP stands for.
SCRIPTURE – what is one verse or word in the reading that stands apart? Write it down!
OBSERVATION – what is that verse about? What did it mean for the people who originally heard this text or are included in the story?
APPLICATION – what is my response? What do I do as a result of what I heard? Is there an error to avoid? A lesson to apply? Be specific!
PRAYER – what do I have to pray about today so that I can more faithfully follow Jesus?
Spending this time with Jesus is a big part of fulfilling the first part of our Church vision to KNOW Jesus. It is my prayer this reading guide will be a blessing in your journey and that your daily time with Jesus will be something you look forward to each day. Make sure to check out the video above and ask, “where is your chair?”