New Testament Overview and Some Thoughts

Here’s the link to the Bible Project’s New Testament Overview page https://bibleproject.com/explore/new-testament-overview/ and it’s a great overview of the entire story of the Bible. Think of it as Cliff Notes of the Bible (are those still published?).

I absolutely love the way they present the summary of the Old Testament in “3 Acts” with the repeated pattern and then how the promises from each “Act” are fulfilled in the New Testament through Jesus. It’s a truly great summary telling of the Greatest Story Ever Told.

They’re absolutely right in that the Bible is one unified story leading to Jesus, but they do miss one important message. That message is the Gospel of Grace. Paul’s letters to the churches are different than the other apostles’ letters. Paul is the only apostle commissioned with the Gospel of Grace and his message is fully contained in his letters. Paul’s letters are like a big parenthetical story inserted into the bigger story right after the Resurrection. This “Mystery” period will end at the Rapture and then the Law will return for all who are left. When Bible teachers try to tell the New Testament as one story, many supposed contradictions appear (e.g., “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” [Eph. 2:8] and “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” [James 2:14]). It makes more sense to see the difference in the Gospels than to try to reconcile those two verses together. They completely contradict each other, don’t you think?

I’m looking forward to reading the Gospels with you, Advent fashion, yea? If you haven’t already subscribed, please do so now, because my Advent Gospels are only available to subscribers; they won’t be posted on here.

Easter Advent Gospels?

Whether you’ve been reading the Chronological Bible with us this year or not, I invite you to jump in this coming Thursday as we begin the Chronological Gospels. For 2020, I’ve scheduled the daily readings around the gospels so that the story of the Resurrection is read on Saturday and (Easter) Sunday. We finish reading the gospels on Monday, April 13th.

I’m excited to read the gospels as a story leading up to the Resurrection as churches all over celebrate and usher in the season as well. I think the Spirit will use it in a powerful way!

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Looking forward to celebrating the eternal life we have because of His Resurrection!

One Year Chronological Bible Reading Plan, Part 14

We’re in the midst of the holiday season, so here’s your December reading schedule! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 1 1 Corinthians 9-11
Monday, December 2 1 Corinthians 12-14
Tuesday, December 3 1 Corinthians 15-16
Wednesday, December 4 2 Corinthians 1-4
Thursday, December 52 Corinthians 5-9
Friday, December 62 Corinthians 10-13
Saturday, December 7Acts 20:1-3, Romans 1-3
Sunday, December 8Romans 4-7
Monday, December 9Romans 8-10
Tuesday, December 10Romans 11-13
Wednesday, December 11Romans 14-16
Thursday, December 12Acts 20:4-23:35
Friday, December 13Acts 24-26
Saturday, December 14Acts 27-28
Sunday, December 15Ephesians
Monday, December 16Colossians, Philemon
Tuesday, December 17Philippians
Wednesday, December 181 Timothy
Thursday, December 19Titus
Friday, December 201 Peter
Saturday, December 212 Timothy
Sunday, December 22Hebrews 1-6
Monday, December 23Hebrews 7-10
Tuesday, December 24Hebrews 11-13
Wednesday, December 252 Peter, Jude 
Thursday, December 261 John
Friday, December 272 John, 3 John
Saturday, December 28Revelation 1-5
Sunday, December 29Revelation 6-11
Monday, December 30Revelation 12-18
Tuesday, December 31Revelation 19-22

May your December reading be blessed!