Read Through the New Testament
Psalm 1:1-3 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
What do you delight in? That’s a very open ended question that can lead in many directions. I enjoy spending time outdoors exploring new places and seeing God’s incredible creation. I appreciate a delicious meal that can be shared with my family and friends. I admire seeing others use their great talent in the sports arena or in the music hall.
There are lot of different things that you and I delight in but not all of them bring a blessing. But do you know what does bring a blessing? Delighting in the law of the Lord. Which means taking pleasure in reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God. Psalm 1 tells us that the person who is immersed in God’s Word, who is meditating on it day and night is “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.”
When a tree is nourished it grows in a healthy manner and produces its fruit. However, when its source of nourishment is removed, the tree withers and dies. Our source of nourishment is the Word. As we return to it daily we are fed and are given what we need to grow towards maturity in Christ. But when Scripture is not an essential part of our life we suffer. Spiritual dryness often comes from separating ourselves from the Bible.
That is why we want to be a church that takes great delight in getting into the Word so that the Word of God can get into us.
In order to do that effectively we must be intentional. It is our desire in the first half of 2019 to read through the New Testament together. This weekend you will be given a reading plan for the New Testament that we would encourage you to commit to starting on January 1st. Every Sunday we will read a passage of scripture together in the service, then during the week we would ask you to read, study, and meditate on the particular passage that is given in the reading plan.
Let’s be a church that is “like a tree planted by streams of water” and truly delights “in the law of the Lord.” For some of you this may be the first time you’ve read through the entire New Testament and for others you may have done this many times. But regardless of where you’re at, let’s seek to encourage “one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)