If you are going to set one goal for 2018, make it the goal of growing in godliness.
During our sermon we focused on the call to pursue godliness as a resolution for 2018. You can watch or listen to the sermon in the following link.
Sermon link: https://vimeo.com/249248729
During the sermon I mentioned that we would post a more detailed description of how to read through your Bible at home. The following link takes you to a wonderful post by Robby Gallaty detailing the H.E.A.R. method for personal study of Scripture:
5 Healthy Habits To Consider In 2018
1. Personal Bible Study
See the above link for the H.E.A.R. method of studying the Bible at home.
Foundations 260 Bible Reading Plan (5 days/ week)
Foundations Journal (reading plan, scripture memory, and journal all in one)
Robert Murray McCheyne Bible Reading Plan (7 days/ week)
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
Morning & Evening by Charles Spurgeon
2. Personal Prayer
In addition to praying about what God’s Word says, we also need to spend time in prayer cultivating or relationship with God, praising God for who He is, and petitioning God on behalf of our families and others.
Starting January 14 in our evening service we will be studying through a book called Praying the Bible to help each of us cultivate our relationship with the Lord and learn to let God’s Word direct our time in prayer for the people and situations of our lives.
As Christians we are called to gather and worship God together in the local church. Worship involves both singing and the preaching. Through worship God is exalted and our souls are cared for through singing the Word, encouraging one another through songs, and by the preaching of the Word.
4. Family Worship
In the same way that we are called to gather together in worship with our fellow believers we are called to worship and grow in our faith at home as well. Family worship, family devotion, involves praying together, singing together, reading the Bible and talking about it together, and encouraging one another.
This doesn’t look like Sunday mornings, and it looks a little different in each home, and as your family grows and changes.
Books to recommend:
The Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Loyd-Jones
Family Worship by Don Whitney
We need people we can pursue godliness with, and to do that we need community. Community is the building of meaningful relationships for the purpose of living for the Lord together. Community involves the study of Scripture, transparency, prayer, and accountability.
Remember that our pursuit of godliness begins and ends with a glorious view of God.
Growing in godliness isn’t the result of a formula, the HEAR method is a helpful way to think through and work through your time with God in Scripture. These habits are given to us by God for the purpose of growing in our faith and relationship with Him. But, the reason that we devote ourselves to godliness is God Himself.
10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.