Bible Reading Plan

A note from Mr. Keefe

One of my encouragements for our community (students, staff, parents, friends) is that we would not neglect the Bible during this season. In the midst of high anxiety and uncertainty, it is easy to allow ourselves to get distracted by low-hanging fruit, instead of running to the well of God’s Word. I have put the following plan together for those interested in reading as a community. I will be following this every day, and would encourage you all to do the same!

A couple of notes, each day will have:

  • A meditation verse (For those of you who may be familiar with meditation, my technique is to read the verse, and think about it as I go on my morning walk!)
  • Some videos to watch (courtesy of the Bible Project)
  • The passage to read
  • Questions to consider as you are reading

For the first two weeks, we will cover the story of Jesus and His road to the Cross until Easter, and read the book of Acts over the next three weeks. We are picking up the story in the middle of the book of Luke, which is why there are two videos to watch on the first day. I will be praying His Scripture will comfort, inspire, and make you think during this season of waiting. It is a joy to be in community with all of you!

Grace and peace,

Mr. Keefe

Monday, May 18, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 47:1-2
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: 2 Corinthians
  3. Read the passage(s): 2 Corinthians 1 and 2
  4. Ask: What word stands out in the first 8 verses of the letter? How could this idea have been important for the church hearing the letter? Paul talks about “our boast,” which does not seem like a very “Christian” thing to do. However, in what does Paul boast?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 47:3-4
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: The Covenants
  3. Read the passage(s): 2 Corinthians 3 and 4
  4. Ask: What is the “new covenant?” What does that mean in light of the covenants of old? Think hard about the “jars of clay” metaphor. What is Paul saying by using that expression?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 47:5
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: Heaven and Earth
  3. Read the passage(s): 2 Corinthians 5, 6 and 7
  4. Ask: What does the word “reconciliation” mean? What does it have to do with the Christian life? According to Paul, what is the difference between godly grief and worldly grief?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 47:6-7
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: Generosity
  3. Read the passage(s): 2 Corinthians 8, 9, and 10
  4. Ask: What does it mean to be generous? What does Paul say about generosity within the church? Why did Paul have to defend his ministry? Can we learn anything from this?

Friday, May 22, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 47:8-9
  2. Watch the video(s): Final Chapel of 2019-20
  3. Read the passage(s): 2 Corinthians 11, 12, and 13
  4. Ask: How can Paul’s words about the false apostles help us think about false teachers today? There are a few examples of weak/strong language in chapters 12-13, why do you think that Paul does this?

 

Monday, May 11, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalm 95:1-3
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project – How to Read Letters: Literary Context
  3. Read the passage(s): 1 Corinthians 8 & 9
  4. Ask: In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul writes that while the Corinthians have the freedom to eat meat, they should be careful of those surrounding them. What do you think is the equivalent to “meat eating” in America in 2020?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalm 95:4-5
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project – 1 Corinthians
  3. Read the passage(s): 1 Corinthians 10 & 11
  4. Ask: What is idolatry and why is it so important to flee from it? What does the Lord’s Supper represent? Why did Paul insist upon the Corinthians doing this practice?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 127:1-2
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project – Love
  3. Read the passage(s): 1 Corinthians 12 and 13
  4. Ask: What is the purpose of the spiritual gifts, according to Paul? How does Paul explain love? How does it connect to spiritual gifts?

Thursday, May 14, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 127:3-4
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project – God
  3. Read the passage(s): 1 Corinthians 14
  4. Ask: What do you think 1 Corinthians 14 means for the life in the church today?

Friday, May 15, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalms 127:5
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project – The New Humanity
  3. Read the passage(s): 1 Corinthians 15 and 16
  4. Ask: Why is the resurrection so important? How does Paul explain it to the Corinthians and what can we learn? What stood out about Paul’s closing to the letter?

 

Monday, May 4, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 63:1-2
  2. Watch: Bible Project – How to Read Letters: Historical Context
  3. Read: Acts 18:1-17 and 1 Corinthians 1
  4. Ask: How does the passage in Acts help us to understand the context of the letter? After his introduction (v. 1-9), what does Paul focus on in chapter 1? What are 2 main ideas that Paul expresses in this letter?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 63:3-4Psalms 63:3 Image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – 1 Corinthians
  3. Read: 1 Corinthians 2-3
  4. Ask: Paul speaks often about “wisdom” in 1 Corinthians 2. What do you think of when you hear the word “wisdom”? How does Paul use the word? Paul uses the metaphor of a building to talk about spiritual growth in 1 Corinthians 3, what point is he making?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 63:5-6Psalm 63:5 verse image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Sin
  3. Read: 1 Corinthians 4-5
  4. Ask: How are the apostles “fools” as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:10? Paul tells the church to remove a wicked man in 1 Corinthians 5, why?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 63:7-8Psalms 63:7 verse image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Temple
  3. Read: 1 Corinthians 6
  4. Ask: What does it mean that we are a “temple” of the Holy Spirit?

Friday, May 8, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 63:9-11
  2. Watch: Chapel on YouTube
  3. Read: 1 Corinthians 7
  4. Ask: Paul writes a great deal about marriage in 1 Corinthians 7; summarize his main 3 points.

 

Monday, April 27, 2020

  1. Meditate on Romans 8:24-25
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Acts Part 4
  3. Read: Acts 21 and Acts 22
  4. Ask: Why was going to Jerusalem so dangerous for Paul? Why does he still need to go? Notice “Paul’s defense” in Acts 22:1-11. What story does he tell as he defends himself? Why would he choose this one?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

  1. Meditate on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
  2. Watch: Bible Project – The Law
  3. Read: Acts 23 and Acts 24
  4. Ask: Paul’s trial in Jerusalem is similar to Jesus’ trial at the end of his life. What makes them the same? What makes them different? What are the Jews concerned about when it comes to Paul? What about the Romans? What makes each group upset?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

  1. Meditate on Isaiah 40:28-31
  2. Watch: Bible Project – How to read the Bible: Plot
  3. Read: Acts 25 and Acts 26
  4. Ask: Paul shares his testimony often as he defends himself at the end of Acts. What is the focus of his story and what can we learn from him?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 1:1-4
  2. Watch: Bible Project – How to read the Bible: Setting
  3. Read: Acts 27 and Acts 28
  4. Ask: How does Paul’s attitude and actions during the storm differ from the others who were on the ship? What can we learn from this? Luke was a writer who considered every detail of his work. Why do you think he chose to conclude his book the way that he did?

Friday, May 1, 2020

  1. Meditate on Revelation 21:3-5
  2. Watch: TBD
  3. Read: TBD
  4. Ask: TBD

Monday, April 20, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 30:1-3Psalms 30:1-3 Image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – The Holy Spirit
  3. Read: Acts 11 and Acts 12
  4. Ask: What is the importance of “Peter’s report” in Acts 11? Why did it matter now that Gentiles were welcomed in the church? Why did the religious and political leaders of the day feel so threatened by the early church?

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 30: 4-5Psalms 30:4-5 Image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Acts Overview Part 2
  3. Read: Acts 13 and Acts 14
  4. Ask: Summarize Paul’s activity in Acts 13 and 14, what did he teach, and what did he do?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 30: 6-7Psalms30:6-7 Image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Acts Part 3
  3. Read: Acts 15 and Acts 16
  4. Ask: What happened at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), and what can it teach us in the present day? What do you think is the main point of the story of the Philippian jailer?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 30: 8-10Psalms30:8-10 Image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Scripture Reading
  3. Read: Acts 17 and Acts 18
  4. Ask: The men who accuse Jason (and others) in Acts 17:6 claim that they had turned the world “upside down.” How did the early church do this? What does Paul do to share about Jesus in Athens in Acts 17:22-34, what does he use as a “bridge” to sharing about Jesus? How can that teach us about how we share our faith now?

Friday, April 24, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 30: 11-12Psalms30:11-12 Image
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Justice
  3. Read: Acts 19 and Acts 20
  4. Ask: Why are the people in Ephesus upset? What threat did the Christians have on the economic activity in the town? What is Paul’s main message to the Ephesian elders? Why does it matter so much?

 

Monday, April 13, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalm 42:11
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Acts Overview Part 1
  3. Read: Acts 1 and Acts 2
  4. Ask: The full name of the book of Acts is “The Acts of the Apostles.” Some biblical scholars suggest that the name of Acts could also be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” Based on what happens in Acts 1 and 2, what do you think of that name? What marks the church in Acts 2:42-47? How much should those activities still mark the church today?

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 121: 1-2
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Acts 1-7
  3. Read: Acts 3 and Acts 4
  4. Ask: Peter gives two amazing sermons (one in Acts 3, and one in Acts 4). What is the main idea of each of these sermons? What happens as a result of these sermons?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 121: 3-4
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Generosity
  3. Read: Acts 5 and Acts 6
  4. Ask: At the end of Acts 5, Gamaliel (a Pharisee) tries to tell his fellow Jews to wait to see if the apostles (and their movement) die out. What actually ends up happening to the movement?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 121: 5-6
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Witness
  3. Read: Acts 7 and Acts 8
  4. Ask: What is Stephen doing in his speech? Why does it make people so mad? How does the Holy Spirit stand out in Acts 8 (specifically in the Phillip story)?

Friday, April 17, 2020

  1. Meditate on Psalms 121: 7-8Image_Psalms 121:7-8
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Acts 8-12
  3. Read: Acts 9 and Acts 10
  4. Ask: Why does the Saul conversion story matter so much in the book of Acts? What is the difference between Jews and Gentiles, and why was it such a big deal that they were becoming followers of Jesus?

 

Monday, April 6, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Job2:10
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: The Gospel of the Kingdom
  3. Read the passage(s): Luke 17 and Luke 18
  4. Ask: What is the “Kingdom of God?” How does that idea affect the way that we live? Why does Jesus want the children to come to him? What does it mean to receive the Kingdom of God like a child?

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  1. Meditate on Lamentations 3:22-23
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Luke Part 4 https://bibleproject.com/videos/luke-ch-19-23/
  3. Read: Luke 19 and Luke 20
  4. Ask: What did people believe about Jesus when he rode into Jerusalem? How do their expectations affect the rest of the story? Why do you think the story of paying taxes to Caesar is placed at this point of the story (in the midst of Jesus’ final message)?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

  1. Meditate on John 16:33
  2. Watch: Bible Project – The Messiah https://bibleproject.com/explore/the-messiah/
  3. Read: Luke 21 and Luke 22
  4. Ask: What does Jesus say about the “greatest” (Luke 22:24-30)? How would his actions come to match his words? Why did Jesus need to pray (starting in v. 39)? What does that tell us about our need for prayer?

Thursday, April 9, 2020

  1. Meditate on John 13:34-35
  2. Watch: Bible Project – Luke Part 5
    https://bibleproject.com/videos/luke-ch-24/
  3. Read: Luke 23 and Luke 24
  4. Ask: What do the two criminals on the cross teach us about trusting in Jesus? What can one criminal see that the other does not? What does it mean when Jesus tells the two men that he was interpreting the things concerning himself? (Luke 24:27 ESV.)

Friday, April 3, 2020

  1. Meditate on verse/verse image: Jeremiah 29:7
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: The Way of the Exile
  3. Read the passage(s): Jeremiah 29:5-14
  4. Ask: How can we “seek the welfare” of our cities, even during a quarantine? What does God say about his plan for the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:10? How does that change what we read in Jeremiah 29:11?

 

Monday, March 30, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalm 46:10Psalm46:10
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: Luke – Part 1 Bible Project: Luke – Part 2
  3. Ask: What are some of the main ideas in the book of Luke? What has happened so far in the story of Luke?
  4. Read the passage(s): Psalm 23 & Psalm 46
  5. Ask: Which verse from the Psalms was the most encouraging for you? Why did you find it encouraging?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Philippians 4:6-7
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: Overview of Luke
  3. Read the passage(s): Luke 9:51-62, Luke 10, Luke 11
  4. Ask: What do you think “set his face” means in Luke 9:51? What was waiting for Jesus in Jerusalem? What is the main difference between Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42)? Why is it so easy to be like Martha?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Psalm 55:22
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: The Gospel
  3. Read the passage(s): Luke 12 and Luke 13
  4. Ask: Of the many illustrations about anxiety Jesus gives in Luke 12:22-34, which is the most helpful for you during this time? What does Jesus mean when he uses “narrow door” to explain salvation in Luke 13:24?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  1. Meditate on the verse/verse image: Matthew 6:34
  2. Watch the video(s): Bible Project: Luke – Part 3
  3. Read the passage(s): Luke 14, Luke 15 and Luke 16
  4. Ask: What is the cost of discipleship that Jesus refers to in Luke 14:25-33?

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