Posted by: Philip Rushton | June 25, 2013

Summer Scripture Readings and Journal Process

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
– Psalm 1

galatiansThis summer I want to encourage you to be spending time in the scriptures on a daily basis. It seems like such a cliche thing to say as a pastor, but I truly believe that this is one of the most important things we can be doing for our spiritual life. In our busy and noisy world it is important for us to create some space each day to slow down and listen to the voice of God as we meditate on his word.

If you are not currently following a daily scripture reading schedule I’d encourage you to join me in reading through the shorter letters of Paul this summer. Below you will find a daily reading schedule that breaks these shorter letters of Paul into small sections. I will also post the weekly readings on a side bar on the blog each week.

There are a lot of different ways to approach scripture reading. Sometimes it is helpful to read large sections at a time in order to get the overall story line. At other times, however, it can be very helpful to slow our reading down and meditate on small sections of scripture. When I approach the letters of Paul I find that it helpful to read them up into small sections because they are full of deep and practical insights about the spiritual journey.

I propose using the following format to journal as you read each daily scripture passage. It follows the acronym REAP.

READ
Read through the passage slowly. Absorb the words and make a note of verses or phrases that stand out to you. Write out some of the key phrases. Spend some time in silence thinking about this phrases.

EXAMINE
Take time to write out an observation you have about this passage. What is this text trying to say? I recommend having a good study bible available to clarify issues you might face.

APPLY
Does this text provide instruction, encouragement, revelation, conviction? How does this text intersect with your life? How might you live differently in light of what you have read? Write down what God is teaching you through the text. Spend some time in silence contemplating the text.

PRAY
What is God saying to you in the text? What do you want to say to God in light of what you have read. Spend some time in prayer? Finish by resting in silence for a couple of minutes.

Schedule:

Week 1
June 24 Gal 1:1-10
June 25 Gal 1:11-24
June 26 Gal 2:1-10
June 27 Gal 2:11-21
June 28 Gal 3:1-14
June 29 Gal 3:15-25
June 30 Gal 3:26-4:7

Week 2
July 1 Gal 4:8-20
July 2 Gal 4:21-28
July 3 Gal 5: 1-6
July 4 Gal 5:7-15
July 5 Gal 5:16-26
July 6 Gal 6:1-10
July 7 Gal 6:11-18

Week 3
July 8 Eph 1:1-14
July 9 Eph 1:15-23
July 10 Eph 2:1-10
July 11 Eph 2:11-22
July 12 Eph 3:1-13
July 13 Eph 3:14-21
July 14 Eph 4:1-6

Week 4
July 15 Eph 4:7-16
July 16 Eph 4:17-32
July 17 Eph 5:1-7
July 18 Eph 5:8-17
July 19 Eph 5:18-33
July 20 Eph 6:1-9
July 21 Eph 6:10-18

Week 5
July 22 Eph 6:19-23
July 23 Phil 1:1-11
July 24 Phil 1:12-26
July 25 Phil 1:27-30
July 26 Phil 2:1-4
July 27 Phil 2:5-11
July 28 Phil 2:12-18

Week 6
July 29 Phil 2:19-30
July 30 Phil 3:1-11
July 31 Phil 3:12-21
Aug 1 Phil 4:1-9
Aug 2 Phil 4:10-23
Aug 3 Col 1:1-8
Aug 4 Col 1:9-14

Week 7
Aug 5 Col 1:15-23
Aug 6 Col 1:24-2:5
Aug 7 Col 2:6-15
Aug 8 Col 2:16-23
Aug 9 Col 3:1-11
Aug 10 Col 3:12-17
Aug 11 Col 3:18-4:1

Week 8
Aug 12 Col 4:2-6
Aug 13 Col 4:7-18
Aug 14 1 Thess 1:1-10
Aug 15 1 Thess 2:1-6
Aug 16 1 Thess 2:7-16
Aug 17 1 Thess 2:17-3:5
Aug 18 1 Thess 3:6-13

Week 9
Aug 19 1 Thess 4:1-8
Aug 20 1 Thess 4:9-12
Aug 21 1 Thess 4:13-18
Aug 22 1 Thess 5:1-11
Aug 23 1 Thess 5:12-15
Aug 24 1 Thess 5:16-28
Aug 25 2 Thess 1:1-11

Week 10
Aug 26 2 Thess 2:1-12
Aug 27 2 Thess 2:13-16
Aug 28 2 Thess 3:1-5
Aug 29 2 Thess 3:6-18

May God bless you as you spend time in his word this summer!

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