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Join us on the 5x5x5 reading plan as we go through the New Testament together in a year. It only takes five minutes a day five days a week to read along, and each week we’ll post five prompts to help you dig deeper into the text.
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New Testament Reading Plan Week 26: Luke 4–8
- In Luke 4:16–22, Jesus shocks his neighbors in his hometown of Nazareth when he says that he fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1–2. What does the quote from Isaiah tell us about Jesus’ mission and who Jesus came for? Why does it make the people of Nazareth so angry?
- Luke 5 shows Jesus performing a variety of miracles. How did Simon Peter, the leper, and the paralyzed man react? How did their reactions differ from the scribes’ and Pharisees’ reactions? Where do you see yourself in these reactions?
- Luke 6:17–49, often called the Sermon on the Plain, includes much of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7). One notable addition, though, are Jesus’ “woes” following the “blesseds.” This passage shows even more about the upside-down nature of God’s kingdom and how it benefits you and me. Spend time thanking God for Jesus, our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), the King of this upside-down kingdom.
- One of the themes of Luke’s Gospel is Jesus’ care for the oppressed, unclean, and marginalized of Jewish society. (Remember how Jesus gave a sneak peek about his own ministry in Luke 4:16–21?) In just one chapter, we see Jesus heal a Roman centurion’s servant (7:1–10), raise a widow’s son to life (7:11–17), and forgive a sinful woman (7:36–50). What do these stories reveal about Jesus’ character? What do they teach us about how we should approach Jesus?
- As you read the parable of the sower (Luke 8:4–8) and Jesus’ explanation (vv. 11–15), notice how Jesus uses natural, everyday elements to convey a spiritual reality. What does this parable teach its original audience? What does it teach us today?
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New Testament Reading Plan Week 25: Colossians 4–Philemon–Luke 3
- In Colossians 4:1, Paul commissions those with bondservants to treat them fairly and justly, particularly those outside the household of faith. Along with Colossians 4:1, read Romans 6:22 and Ephesians 6:9. For what reason should those in positions of authority be gracious to those under their authority? While such master-slave relationships may not exist today, what similar relationships do?
- Paul then exhorts believers to “walk in wisdom toward those on the outside . . . Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Col 4:5–6). Why did Paul connect the idea of being a witness to those outside of the faith with speech? In other words, how can our speech draw people to Christ, or push them away?
- Paul’s letter to Philemon was written to a man whose slave, Onesimus, had run away and became a believer under Paul’s teaching. Paul not only asks Philemon to forgive his runaway slave but take it a step further. How did Paul want Philemon to receive his slave back? (v. 16–17) Relate this to how Jesus received you when you trusted him as your Savior.
- The book of Philemon demonstrates the gospel in action. In addition to appealing for Onesimus, what does Paul offer to take on? (v. 18) How does this reflect what Jesus did for you on the cross?
- Luke introduces the reader to John the Baptist in Luke, who preaches a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (3:3). The word “forgiveness” in the original Greek is aphesis, which means “the act of freeing and liberating from an obligation, guilt, or punishment.” Take time to ponder this definition and the significance of John’s message of repentance in light of Paul’s teachings in Colossians 4 and Philemon.
New Testament Reading Plan Week 24: Philippians 3–Colossians 3
- Philippians 3 contains a powerful paradigm for the Christian life: setting aside all things to gain Christ (vv. 7–11). Paul says later that this is how the mature think (v. 15). It’s interesting, though, that Paul uses the word “suffer” in verse 8—he has suffered the loss of all things and counts them as rubbish. It’s not easy to set aside things of the world for Christ, but after doing so we see them for what they are comparatively: rubbish. What are those things in your life that are hard to let go of but you know are rubbish?
- Spend some time meditating on Philippians 4:4–7, rejoicing in all your circumstances—not because they are easy, but because “the Lord is at hand” (v. 5). Assess your anxieties, needs, and concerns for others, and then present them to God with thanksgiving in your heart for who God is and what he’s done (v. 6).
- Colossians 1:9ff is a great example of how Scripture teaches us to pray for others. What are the things Paul and Timothy pray for the Christians in Colossae? Spend time praying these things for yourself and others you know.
- In Colossians 2, Paul states openly why he is praying and ministering and “struggling” (v. 1) for his hearers: “that no one may delude you with plausible arguments” (v. 4). Verses 8 and 16–23 elaborate what these deceptive philosophies are, and verses 2 and 6–7 prescribe defenses against them—all means of holding to the gospel (vv. 3, 9–15). What are the empty philosophies of our time, and how might verses 2 and 6–7 help you avoid them?
- Colossians 3 has a nice, clear structure to it: truth about our new life being wrapped up in Christ’s (vv. 1–4), commands for putting away the old self (5–11), and commands for putting on the new (12–17). Name one remnant of the old self you need to put to death and one garment of the new you need to put on, then list a specific action you can do for both. Pray for God to strengthen you to follow him in these areas.
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- Never-mind, I see from your screenshots that your saying that "Lato" doesn't even show up in the export dialog... not sure what's going on.
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Dave Hill — EditedReinstalling the font didn't seem to make much difference. However I did discover that the Print/Export function will show fonts that I manually select in the Notes font setting. For example, if I leave my note set to the font "Default (Lato)" then the Print/Export does not recognize this, but rather displays a default serif font (see image 1). However, if I select all the text in my note, and manually change it to the font "Lato" then the Print/Export does display the Lato font. (See image 2) Although it still does not display the title of the Notebook in the Lato font as it did in the past. It appears something has affected the functionality of the default font. I'm glad to know, however, that I can manually change the font each time before selecting the Print/Export function.
New Testament Reading Plan Week 23: Ephesians 4–Philippians 2
- In Ephesians 4, Paul continues the discussion he began in Ephesians 1–3 of how believers should live in the unity and peace accomplished through Christ. In Ephesians 4:17–32, he exhorts believers to abandon former ways of living that have nothing to do with Christ. How are they are to do this? (vv. 25–32) Ponder these verses for your own life and spend some time in prayer asking God to help you where you are weak.
- Paul continues to instruct his readers to live in ways that please God in Ephesians 5. In what ways are we to imitate him? (Eph 5:1) Think of how a child imitates his or her parent. How does this help you understand how to do this?
- In Ephesians 6, Paul continues with the theme of Christian relationships. In a few sentences, summarize Paul’s instruction for parents and children, employees and their employers. Think about these roles and how you might be falling short of what Paul is calling you to as a follower of Jesus. Then, spend time in prayer, and ask God to help you serve him in your relationships with family and colleagues.
- Paul writes his letter to the Philippians from prison (either Ephesus, Caesarea, or Rome), introducing another relationship: slaves/masters. What do you think Paul meant when he called himself a “slave” (servant) of Christ? (See also Rom 1:1; Titus 1:1) How has his imprisonment and opposition created opportunities for the spread of the gospel? (vv. 11–26) Relate Paul’s attitude toward his imprisonment to difficulties you may be facing in your own life and how God might be using them for his glory.
- In Philippians 2, Paul emphatically declares how believers should approach every earthly relationship. He’s not teaching unity upon a secular, man-made basis but on Christ. What is involved in being united with Christ, and how should this impact all your relationships? (vv. 2:1–2) When it comes to issues like submission and obedience, contrast the world’s reaction to the Christian’s reaction (Phil 2:14–15).
- I'm not sure where to post? I've been participating in the New Testament Reading Plan recently and have a bible study question.Reading Romans 11:22-23 I am wondering if this means you can lose your Salvation or something else.I've been looking at some commentaries and praying about it.Would love to hear the community input!!
- Thank you!!!!
- KA, Another way to look at the question you ask is, "Can a person be enlightened by God and engage in the things of God, but not be transformed?" The answer to this question is obviously "Yes." We have two biblical examples in Judas Iscariot and Lucifer. Both were direct witnesses to God and how He works. Judas Iscariot spent roughly 2 years with Jesus during His ministry in the Galilee. He was part of Jesus' inner circle. He heard the words, experienced the wisdom, witnessed the miracles, and yet when the time came to make his decision for or against Jesus, he betrayed Him. Lucifer has experienced God in a way that we are unable to while we are here in our fleshly bodies. He has directly seen God's majesty with the Father seated on His throne. However, Lucifer also betrayed God. (Yes, the Angels have free will as well). When I first started as Pastor, I was very much in the "Yes, you can lose your salvation" camp. As your reference and NB.MicK both point out. Yet as I began to look at that question through the "Is it possible to be enlightened but not transformed?" argument, I have found myself thinking that it may very well be "Once you are transformed, you are then saved in such a way that you cannot lose your salvation. But if that were the case, then that would violate our "Free Will." Like many, I am still 100% unsure about which it is. There are people in both camps who are much smarter than I am and have the language and cultural skills to back their position. When asked this question, I then rephrase in the way as mentioned above. But then I remind them that If we are indeed Christians, then why would we ever want to test God to the limit that we would lose our salvation. I know this doesn't answer your question. But I hope it does cause you to think about it and do your own investigation. It may very well be that this is a question that is not supposed to have a definitive answer. That way, we have a fear of punishment when we push the limit.
- Good point Gary. Makes me really ponder and think closely of my walk with the Lord.Thank you!
New Testament Reading Plan Week 22: Romans 15–Ephesians 3
- In Romans 15:1–14, Paul makes a final appeal to unity, charging all believers to consider what they’re willing to give up for the sake of the body of Christ (cf. Psalm 133:1). Think of your own faith journey. What cultural hang-ups or ethnic prejudices do you have that might be negatively influencing the body? Read Romans 12:16, 1 Corinthians 1:10, and Philippians 2:2. Then, describe Paul’s oneness mandate for your own life.
- The biggest thrill of Paul’s life was to see God work through his ministry transforming lives. As you read Romans 15:14–21 about Paul’s desire to preach the gospel in new places, think of what it means for you to do the work of evangelism. What principles can you glean from Romans 15:20–21 for your own faith journey? (See also 1 Corinthians 3:10.) How should these principles affect your present or future ministry?
- Was Rome Paul’s priority according to Romans 15:23–29? Though he accomplished his missions, it was not in the way he planned (Remember: Paul was imprisoned for about three years in Caesarea [see Acts 25:8], then sent to Rome as a prisoner under house arrest for another two years [Acts 28:17–31]). What can you learn about God’s providential dealings with your plans from these verses?
- The word “in” occurs about 90 times in Ephesians, stressing the truth of the believer’s union with Christ’s death and resurrection. What spiritual blessings do believers receive, “in him”? (Eph 1:7). Contemplate these blessings—specifically redemption and the price Jesus paid to redeem you. How might God be asking you to respond? Consider Hebrews 5:9 and Philippians 2:1–11.
- Ephesians 1–3 are mostly given to doctrine. Notably, chapter 3 ends with a doxology reminding us of the true goal of prayer: the glory of God. Think about your own prayer life. Consider whether your requests bring him glory—or whether they have different motives.