Peter, one of the outspoken disciples of Jesus and who preached the first sermon in the church, was deeply concerned about Christians growing spiritually through God's Word. Look at two famous scriptures from Peter:
|I Peter 2:2: "like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,"|
II Peter 3:18: "but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."
At Mt Zion, we are pushing everyone to read through the Bible this year. Christians, we need to increase our knowledge of the Bible by reading the Bible. We need to stop depending on others to tell us what is in the Bible and read for ourselves (if you cannot read, listen to the Bible via your electronic device or by CD).
A great way to read the Bible is by using a systematic approach. Start from the beginning of each Testament and read three chapters in the Old Testament and one chapter in the New Testment each day (go to Mtzionontario.com, wait for the read the Bible in a year note at top of page, and download a Bible reading plan, or pick up a written plan at the church, or call in and we will mail one to you).
What happens when you get behind in such an aggressive reading plan? Use a movie night or some other free time to get caught up. If you are busy in other parts of the Bible as I often am, then set aside a catch up day..
Oh yes, we are not reading just to read. Pray and ask God to show you at least one principle to apply to your life each day.
Christians, make reading through the Bible each year a priority and grow spiritually!
Pastor Kennedy (MZO)