To be a stranger to the Bible is to be a stranger to God himself. Reading the Bible is not a discipline for the intellectual or avid reader alone. If we desire to know God and live a life honoring to Him, we must know the Good news revealed in Scripture. The Bible even says so:
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man (or woman) of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
At a time when the church is scattered and de-centralized, intentional time in God's Word becomes even more critical. And that is why we have put together what we hope is an accessible and relational approach to reading the most important thing you'll ever read--the Bible.
Bible Reading Schedule & Weekly Video Intros
- Week 1 / July 13-19 • Read all of Philippians in one sitting (at least 3 times)
- Week 2 / July 20-26 • Philippians 1:1-11
- Week 3 / July 27-Aug 2 • Philippians 1:12-30
- Week 4 / Aug 3-9 • Philippians 2:1-18
- Week 5 / Aug 10-16 • Philippians 2:19-30
- Week 6 / Aug 17-23 • Philippians 3:1-21
- Week 7 / Aug 24-30 • Philippians 4:1-23
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Join us for a 7-week study through the New Testament book of Philippians, at home.
This is an at-home, personal time of Bible reading, prayer, and journaling. But wait, there's more. Each participant will be paired with a leader in the church. You can see this leader as a way to invite a brother or sister in Christ into your questions, concerns, joys, and discoveries as you read. The Bible does not have to feel intimidating and inaccessible. Women will be matched with women; men with men.
How to engage during the seven weeks:
- Follow our reading schedule through Philippians (see below), reading the same passage each day of the week. Repetitive reading is key, here.
- Each Monday morning all participants will receive a short video via email from Pastor Pete. This will include an introduction to the week's passage as well as some tips for the week.
- Follow Jen Wilkin's Three Stages of Understanding The Bible, or some other tool of your choice for interacting with Scripture (see below).
- Journal, take notes, highlight or mark concepts and words that are confusing or striking.
- Towards the end of the week, your assigned leader will make contact with you for an in-person or virtual conversation. This is a great time to ask questions, share how the reading is going, and to pray together.
Commentaries (for purchase):
- Peter O'Brien - The Epistle to the Philippians
- Moises Silva - Philippians
- Frank Thielman - Philippians
- James montgomery Boice - Philippians
- Bible Gateway, Intervarsity Press
- Spurgeon Sermons on Philippians
- John Piper resources on Philippians
Three Stages of Understanding The Bible:*
Stage 1: What does it say?
- Are certain words, phrases, or ideas repeated?
- Is a particular attribute of God illustrated or celebrated?
- Are there words you don't understand?
- Is an idea confusing or particularly striking?
Stage 2: What does it mean?
- Can you attempt to put this passage in your own words?
- Check with cross-references (indicated by the small, superscript numbers by the text)
- Once you've attempted to understand it on your own, consult with commentaries.
Stage 3: How should it change me?
- What does this passage teach me about God?
- How does this aspect of God's character change my view of self?
- What should I do, believe, or feel in response?
*From Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin